EAST MANATEE -- An accident involving a school bus occurred near Freedom Elementary School Friday morning, according to the Emergency Communications Center.
School bus driver Mark Dawsey, who has been driving buses for six years, was taking a left into the school when the bus scraped against the car of Sharon Jefferson, a mother taking her children to school. There were about 50 children on the bus, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Jefferson was stopped at a stop sign and Dawsey was going slowly, so damage was minor and there were no injuries. FHP cars, an ambulance and a fire truck were seen heading to the area, which troopers said is customary when reported accidents involve a school bus with children on it.
Manatee Schools spokesman Steve Valley said the bus belongs to the 13 AV Dream Center, not the school district.
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FHP said the crash, at State Road 64 and School House Drive, was reported at 8:34 a.m. School House Drive is the entrance road that takes motorists to Haile Middle School and the adjacent Freedom Elementary School.
FHP said there was roadblock in the area.