School bus car­ry­ing stu­dents crashes into swim­ming pool

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Michael Wil­liams

A school bus with chil­dren on board crashed into a pool in Or­ange County Fri­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Florida High­way Pa­trol.

The crash hap­pened about 8:30 a.m. The bus was trav­el­ing down Wil­low­wood Street, near Rush­more Court in west Or­ange County when a car pulled out in front, FHP Lt. Kim Montes said.

The driv­ers of the bus and car had dif­fer­ent sto­ries as to who pulled out in front of whom, au­thor­i­ties said.

The bus driver, 53-year-old Ed­dik­son Pena, clipped the car as it swerved to avoid a col­li­sion, Montes said. The bus crashed through a fence be­fore driv­ing into the pool.

The bus was oc­cu­pied by nine chil­dren, none of whom were in­jured, Or­ange County Fire Res­cue spokesman Mike Jach­les said. The driver of the Jeep, 25-year-old Yer­ica Vilo­rio Cuevas, was taken to Or­lando Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter with mi­nor in­juries.

Troop­ers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash.

Or­ange County Pub­lic Schools spokesper­son Sara Au said Pena has been em­ployed with the school dis­trict since 1999.

“As is stan­dard pro­ce­dure pend­ing the out­come of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the bus driver won’t be driv­ing,” Au said.

Au added that a sec­ond bus was dis­patched af­ter the crash to take the stu­dents the rest of the way to school. They were checked again by school nurses af­ter ar­riv­ing and “all were well,” Au said.

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