Summer is great and you would think that most children would be home on summer vacation but many children go to local camps to spend their days playing with their peers and staying active. This is supposed to be the “fun” time for kids, therefore I was dismayed to read on various news agencies that several children and adults suffered injuries on this past Wednesday morning when two school buses collided on Interstate 95 north near the 8th Street exit. According to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, six children and three adults were transported to local hospitals.
Several buses were traveling together from an NAS Jax summer camp, taking children to the Jacksonville Zoo. JSO determined that one bus was traveling in the outer most fast travel lane when it was rear ended by another bus.One of the drivers who was not involved in the crash gave a little more of a description of what happened. According to the other driver, police had a vehicle pulled over, and the buses were attempting to merge around the stopped vehicle when a car tried to go around one of the buses and entered the lane in front of the bus. According to witnesses, the driver of that bus swerved to avoid the car and hit another bus. The buses belong to Birnie Bus Service, a company that serves Duval County schools, but a Duval County Schools spokesperson said the children inside were not Duval County students. A witness said there were about 60 children on the buses. The children who were not injured continued on to the zoo. Some parents showed up at the crash scene trying to make sure their children were OK. JSO said if any parents have questions about the accident, they can call Birnie Bus Service at 904-683-3432.
All of us at Edwards & Ragatz hope the injured children and adults have a quick and speedy recovery.