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Gifford Middle School Bus And SUV Crash On 38th Avenue; 2 Injured

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A school bus carrying 23 middle school students and a sport utility vehicle crashed near the Orangewood Park Apartments in Gifford.

A  woman and toddler inside the SUV were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, a fire rescue captain said.

Cpt. Steve Graul said all of the students and the bus driver were evaluated and none reported any injuries.

Gifford Middle School Principal Tosha Jones said the school dismissed on an early release schedule for the last week of school.

The white Ford Escape crashed into the bus just south of 43rd Street on 38th Avenue near Orangewood Park Apartments.

The bus was scheduled to stop at the complex to drop off students, said Jon Teske, director of security for the Indian River County School District.

Jones said nearly all of the students were picked up by guardians or parents and those who weren’t were taken home by another bus.

The road was closed south of the crash near St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, in the 4200 block of 38th Avenue, and north of 43rd Street. It was to be reopened after both vehicles and debris were removed hours later.

A deputy conducting a crash investigation said he couldn’t talk about what caused the crash until he spoke with everyone involved, including the SUV driver, who was at the hospital, he said.


Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving.  “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles.  If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”

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