School Bus Hits Fla. Fire Truck; Two Hurt
Dec. 19--MANATEE -- A school bus driver was charged with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle when he collided with a fire truck Tuesday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
James B. McKinney, 73, was driving the school bus southbound on Rye Road with 47 passengers on board at about 3 p.m., a news release said. As he approached the intersection of 18th Place East, a fire truck, with lights and sirens activated, was also approaching intersection southbound.
The fire truck entered the northbound lane of Rye Road in an attempt to pass the yielding vehicles. The FHP report says McKinney failed to see the fire truck and attempted to turn left onto 18th Place East, striking the right side of the fire truck.
Two passengers from the school bus were taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center with minor injuries.
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