Car, School Bus Collide in Ruskin

By Mitch Traphagen (

RUSKIN - Four people were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital with injuries stemming from a collision between a car and school bus on the corner of 7th Street SW and 21st Avenue SW in Ruskin. The accident occurred Monday afternoon.

According to Lt. Rod Reder of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the 23 year old driver of a Crown Victoria failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the bus. The three children in the car, ages five, three, and four months were not wearing seatbelts. Hillsborough County rescue workers used heavy equipment, including the jaws of life, to free the occupants of the vehicle.

Although children were on the school bus at the time, no one was injured on the bus. The impact forced the bus into a utility pole which then caught on fire.

Also according to Reder, the driver of the Crown Victoria will receive several citations for moving violations and for failure to use seatbelts on passengers under the age of 16. "There’s no excuse for not using the seatbelts," said Reder. "You can say all day that you didn’t think it would happen but that’s a 1960s excuse."

Ironically, Monday was the start of National Bus Safety Week.

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