A Parrish driver was cited as the result of an early-morning car crash that left a roadblock on Erie Road and 91st Avenue East and involved a school bus with about 50 children, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Anthony Marco, 33, was charged with driving left of center, driving with a suspended license and having no proof of insurance, according to a release. Other charges are pending.
Troopers said the accident occurred at 6:55 a.m. Marco was traveling eastbound in a 2006 blue Hyundai Sonata on Erie Road approaching the intersection of 91st Avenue East. A Manatee County school bus was stopped westbound on Erie Road and 91st Avenue East. Troopers said the school was in the process of loading students at the bus stop.
About 50 children were on the bus at the time of the accident, according to FHP trooper Ken Watson.
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According to the release, the stop arms and stop lights were activated on the bus as children were entering the bus. For unknown reasons, Marco steered his vehicle across the center line and the front struck the front of the bus.
None of the children were injured, but Marco suffered serious injuries and was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital. The bus driver suffered minor injuries, according to the release. The entire front of the car was under the school bus.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was first on scene, but FHP took over the ongoing investigation.