A Broward County bound bus crashed into a wrecked car and a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 outside Hillsboro Beach, injuring more than two dozen people, authorities said.
A bus with 52 passengers on board was traveling south on I-81 when it slammed into a car that had just crashed into a guardrail and come to rest in the highway’s left lane just south of Hillsboro Beach, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said the bus then hit the rear of a tractor-trailer who had pulled over on the highway’s shoulder to offer assistance to the car’s driver.
Twenty-six of the passengers and the bus driver were injured, official said. It took emergency crews to extricate the driver from the vehicle’s smashed-in front end, deputies said. He was listed in serious condition at a hospital in Hillsboro Beach.
The injured passengers mostly suffered lower extremity, chest, back and facial injuries, all of them apparently minor, police said. They were transported to hospitals in the 10 ambulances and other emergency vehicles that responded to the crash scene.
The driver of the car was charged with driving while intoxicated. Deputies said his name would be released later.
I-81’s southbound lanes were closed.
Deputies said the bus left Martin County and was scheduled to arrive in Broward County. The uninjured passengers were taken to Hillsboro Beach bus station.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving three vehicles, which ultimately, caused injuries to 27 people. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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