SUV driver dies a week after crash with school bus from Georgia

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UPDATE: The driver of the SUV, Jamin Carter, died April 29 at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg as a result of his injuries.

UPDATE: All Memorial Causeway lanes have been reopened. The driver of the vehicle that collided with the bus has been identified as Jamin A. Carter, 45. Carter remains in critical condition. The bus driver, Brett M. Taylor, was treated and released from the hospital.

PREVIOUS STORY: CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A school bus from Georgia and another vehicle were involved in a Clearwater accident around 2:40 p.m. Thursday, closing all Memorial Causeway lanes.

“All westbound lanes will remain closed for a significant amount of time,” officials said. They hope to open an eastbound lane soon.

Drivers looking to travel to and from Clearwater Beach should take the Belleair Causeway.

The bus is from Atkinson County in Georgia. The students are on a field trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. No students were on the bus during the accident.

The driver was taken to a local hospital, and an attendant who was on the bus was not injured. The other vehicle’s driver was taken by medical helicopter to Bayfront Health.

The accident began when that vehicle, which was heading east, hit a pole, crossed the median and hit the bus, which was traveling west, head-on.

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