School buses collide in Navarre

A collision between two Santa Rosa County School District buses Wednesday afternoon resulted in minor injuries to several students on board, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

According to the report, the buses were traveling north on Williams Creek Drive around 2 p.m. with one bus following the other. The driver of the trailing bus failed to realize the leading bus had stopped in front of them. The resulting rear end crash caused moderate damage to both vehicles. A total of 82 passengers were on board both buses when the collision occurred, the report stated.

When responders arrived on the scene, six children said they had various minor injuries, said county public information officer Brandi Whitehurst. The students’ guardians were contacted.

One student was transported to an area hospital, Whitehurst said.

Assistant Superintendent Joey Harrell told this paper the child was checked out by the emergency department and released with no injuries. The other students were released to their parents or returned to the school.

Harrell said all students involved in the collision were back in school Thursday.

In its investigation of the incident, the school district concurred with the Florida Highway Patrol findings, he said.

The driver of the trailing bus was found to be at fault. This was her first accident during her employment with the school district, said Harrell. She will be back on the road after retraining, he said.

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