HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Several students had to be transported to the hospital after the school bus they were on crashed in Hollywood.
Hollywood Police and Fire rescue crews responded to the scene along 63rd Avenue and Fletcher Street just after 9 a.m. Friday.
Tajai Wilkerson, one of the students on board the bus headed to Henry D. Perry Education Center, cannot move her leg and is complaining of back and arm pain, her family said.
“She was laying in her seat, and they said she went out of the seat from the impact,” Dorian Wilkerson, her mother, said.
Jade Hill said her son was on board when the crash happened.
“My son is having pain in his neck, in his shoulders and the lower part of his back,” Hill said. “It’s fluctuating. It’s a radiating pain.”
Witnesses said around 12 students were on board the bus at the time of the crash.
Investigators said although the investigation is ongoing, it appears the crash occurred after the driver of a sedan ran a stop sign.
“I see the guy come from here — a Toyota Corolla, I think ’92 — and pass the stop sign and hit the truck,” Eddie, a witness, said.
Hill said she is upset with the driver of the sedan, who was also transported.
“I said there’s kids on this bus, and you’re doing 80 miles per hour in a residential area? My son said the man was pressing on the gas trying to get the car from under him,” Hill said, “so when the car did finally go from under it, it backed up into the stop sign.”
Four students were transported to an area hospital, one of whom suffered minor injuries.
Bill Tranfa, who lives nearby, said he heard the crash while he was at home.
“Just heard a loud crash,” Tranfa said. “I looked down here and saw the car with front-end damage completely smashed up and saw the bus sitting there.
7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where crews could be seen working to clean debris from the street.
The parents said they’re happy the crash was not worse and are glad their children were not seriously injured.
Police have not released the driver’s name and have not said if he will be charged in this crash.
The school bus has since been towed away from the scene.
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