4-vehicle collision on I-75 includes school bus in Sarasota

February 19, 2014 

SARASOTA -- A four-vehicle accident, including a school bus with 54 passengers, at mile marker 210 on Interstate 75 clogged the southbound lanes after it was reported at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP trooper Grace Luh reported a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado towing a trailer driven by 45-year-old Mitchelle Barnes of North Port, with a 53-year-old male passenger from Port Charlotte, was southbound along with a Nissan Altima.

Lu reported a 1998 MCI Symbol 10 bus driven by a 73-year-old Venice man was southbound in the center lane along with a 2014 Ford F550 driven by a 61-year-old Ft. Myers man. There were 50 students and four chaperones from Port Charlotte High School on the bus.

The Silverado's left rear tire blew and the driver lost control of the vehicle, FHP reported, going west into the emergency lane and onto the grass shoulder before coming to rest facing northeast partially in the center and left lane of southbound I-75.

When the Altima driver saw the Silverado losing control, it changed into the center lane, according to FHP.

The Altima and the Ford slowed to avoid colliding with the Silverado but the MCI struck the rear of the Altima, which fled the scene southbound on I-75. The MCI continued southbound and its front struck the rear of the Ford.

Barnes was charged with faulty equipment and no proof of insurance.

FHP reported no injuries.

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