FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating a fatal crash in Fort Lauderdale between a car and a charter bus filled with students returning from a trip.
It all happened at the intersection of Northwest 11th Court and 27th Avenue, early Friday morning.
According to officials, the bus was leaving the Dillard High School parking lot when a Dodge Challenger with two men inside slammed into the back of the bus, causing the car to go up in flames.
Both men inside the vehicle were killed, according to police. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene, while a passenger was transported to a hospital, where he later died.
One of the deceased’s family members identified him as Otis Harvey III. Family members also said both men were in their 30’s.
One witness spoke to 7News about the terrifying accident. “It was a horrible scene,” said Kendra Young. “Honestly, with the car on fire, the rain, the bodies being pulled out of the car.”
The Broward County School Board said the charter bus was carrying 34 foreign students, who were returning from a trip to Tallahassee.
One family member spoke out about one of the victims. “He had a daughter that’s 6 years of age,” said Brandon Wright. “How do you explain this to a 6-year-old that her father is no longer here?”
A student and a chaperone suffered minor injuries and, according to the school board, have since been released from the hospital. Both are expected to be OK.
The students on the bus attend various schools across Broward County. They are all expected to be OK, as well.
The district has said that they will make counselors available to students who may need them.
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