BRADENTON — All eight elementary school students injured today when their school bus was hit by a truck have been released from the hospital, a Manatee County Schools District spokeswoman said.
At about 7:45 a.m., a bus with 24 students was already stopped when a silver pickup truck rear-ended it on the intersection of 27th Street East and 11th Avenue East, said schools spokeswoman Margi Nanney.
None of those hurt had life-threatening injuries. Four students were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital and the other four were taken to Blake Medical Center.
The uninjured students were taken to Freedom Elementary School in other buses. The bus received minor damage, but the pickup truck’s front looks “demolished,” Nanney said.
Cindy Weber was at Blake Medical Center on Thursday to pick up her children, Lisa, 10, and William, 7. Lisa sprained her neck and William hurt his elbow and shoulder.
“They were shaken up,” Weber said. “She (Lisa) says she’s a little scared, but she’ll be okay.”
Weber said she always asks her children to wear their seatbelts. During the crash, they were buckled in.
“I’m very high on that,” she said.
Just two months ago, Weber’s older daughter was injured during the school bus accident that sent 21 Braden River Middle School students to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. In that Jan. 5 crash, the bus driver failed to stop and slammed into a tractor-trailer.
Weber said she has no choice but to let her kids take the bus to school. She has no other mode of transportation for them, she said, adding, “What else am I supposed to do?”