ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) — Eleven people were hurt Saturday in a wrong-way, head-on collision near Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Troopers said the driver of the SUV, identified as Megan Hester-Villalobos, 36, of Groveland, was headed south in the northbound lanes of Sherbeth Road and hit the bus. A fire erupted.
Video from an onlooker shows flames and thick smoke billowing from the crash site and the ensuing clamor as first responders raced toward the scene.
Hester-Villalobos, her husband Jesse Villalobos and their son, who were in the SUV, were all taken to a hospital.
Eight of 16 people from the bus were also taken to a hospital. Troopers said the injuries range from minor to serious.
The FHP said the bus is owned by Super Transportation of Florida LLC. The company told WESH 2 News it is contracted by Disney to shuttle participants in Disney’s student and intern programs.
Troopers said Hester-Villalobos’ son told investigators Sunday that the family had spent the day at Disney and his mother fell asleep at the wheel.
Troopers said they don’t believe Hester-Villalobos was impaired but plan to charge her with driving the wrong-way on the roadway.