RIVERVIEW, Fla. (WFLA) — Five elementary school students were transported to local hospitals after a school bus crash in Riverview on Wednesday afternoon.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded to the crash scene at US 301 and Cowley Road in Riverview around 3 p.m. The students attend Summerfield Crossing Elementary.
The Florida Highway Patrol said 32 students were on the bus. Hillsborough County Schools said there were no serious injuries, but students are still being assessed. Troopers said two students were hurt.
The bus driver, Marilyn Kay Ray, age 63, was ticketed for failing to yield. Troopers said the bus was traveling northbound on US 301 in the left turn lane. An SUV was heading southbound on 301, and the bus turned into its path. The SUV driver had a 2-year-old child in the vehicle. Both that driver and the child suffered minor injuries, troopers said.
News Channel 8 talked to the parent of a girl who was on the bus. Amanda Georgianni said her daughter called her from a friend’s phone.
“‘Mom, my bus has been into an accident I’m really really scared,’ (the girl said). There was a baby involved. I couldn’t really hear, dropped everything came as fast as I could. I parked in the turning lane. Came and just seen the car, kids everywhere, commotion,” Georgianni said.
The district said Ray was hired in July 2003 and left in July 2005. She was rehired in July 2010. Ray has had a clean driving record since 2008, according to the district. She had no citations in a bus but has received citations in her personal car.
Ray is still employed but is not driving a bus during the course of the investigation.