Safety

Florida school bus driver killed in crash

Thomas McMahon
Posted on April 21, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A school bus driver here was killed when his bus was struck by a car and ran off the road, and the car driver has been charged with DUI, authorities said.

Police, fire and medical personnel responded to the crash, which happened around 2:25 a.m. on Friday.

According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the bus was carrying a high school track team. Including students and coaches, there were 33 passengers on board.

Police said that the preliminary investigation at the scene found that a Toyota Camry driven by Sarah Walker, 25, was traveling east on a parkway when it turned at an intersection and struck the school bus, which was headed west on the parkway.

Police said that after the initial impact, the bus veered off of the road and struck a traffic signal pole. The bus driver, 65-year-old William Fowler II, did not survive the crash.

Two students and one coach suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital.

According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the Toyota driver, Walker, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. She was taken to the county jail.

Authorities said on Friday that the investigation was continuing.

Related Topics: fatalities, Florida, impaired driving, law enforcement, school bus crash

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Comments ( 8 )
  • Geoff Bridgman

     | about 4 years ago

    Once again it seems the issue of safety really gets down to money. It's all well and good to talk about safety, but ultimately someone has to pay for it. School buses don't belong on the road in the wee hours of the morning. Are sport events truly that important? Now some poor bus driver is dead for the sake of a game. Doesn't make sense to me.

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