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25-Year-Old Teacher Killed, 13 Others Critical After School Bus Crash

Video of a St. Lucie County school bus crash, that critically injured a teacher and also injured dozens of other students last spring, shows the driver veering across three lanes of traffic on Interstate 80.

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The video shows the bus enter the highway and immediately cross three lanes, apparently heading for a spot where authorized vehicles such as police cars can make a U-turn.

The bus was broadsided by a dump truck and broke apart. The 58-year-old driver is charged with vehicular homicide. The 58-year-old has denied he was trying to make an illegal U-turn.

A 25-year-old teacher was killed, and more than 13 others were injured, some seriously.

The 58-year-old driver was driving one of three buses taking fifth-graders on a field trip from a middle school in Hobe Sound, about 15 miles northwest of Boca Raton.

According to an affidavit filed by Martin County Police, the 58-year-old driver missed a turn for the Stuart historic site and tried to make an illegal U-turn on the interstate, crossing three lanes toward a break in the median.

The crash spurred legislative efforts to require buses to have three-point seat belts and to require quicker notification to school districts when their bus drivers commit moving violations.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in a fatality. 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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