Bus Carrying College Students Overturns In Indian River County

A charter bus carrying college students to Indian River County campuses overturned, leaving four dead  and 35 others aboard with minor injuries.


Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman told the Associated Press there four reported fatalities after the bus overturned on an exit ramp of the South Beach in Indian River County.

FHP said in a statement that the driver lost control on a curve on the ramp and the bus overturned on its side. The bus had 50 passengers and the driver on board when the crash occurred, a police statement said.

Approximately 34 of the passengers and the driver were taken to an Indian River County hospital to be treated for minor injuries while one passenger was treated for serious injuries, authorities said.

The bus had initially picked the students up at a University in the County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol officials statement.

The statement identified the bus driver as a 58-year old man of Wabasso Beach, and said he has been charged with reckless driving by FHP. He could not be immediately located for comment.

Police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident involving a charter bus conveying college students, which ultimately, resulted in serious injuries to one person and minor injuries to 35 others. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident so that the family and friends of the victim can get justice and have a closure. 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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