MANATEE — Two crashes involving school buses occurred in Manatee County before 8 a.m. Thursday and 38 students escaped injury.
In one collision, a pickup truck backed into a Manatee County School District bus en route to Williams Elementary School with 11 students onboard.
“A backup bus was called to transport the 11 children to Williams Elementary,” said Manatee County School spokesman Steve Valley over the phone Thursday evening. “The parents were individually called by the director of transportation.”
No injuries were reported.
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In a second accident, a Bradenton woman was cited for careless driving after rear-ending a parked school bus carrying 27 students just before 8 a.m. Thursday by 57th Avenue East and 12th Street East, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The students were from Team Success, a charter school in Bradenton.
Belinda Reyes, 35, was eastbound on 57th Avenue East, according to FHP, while a school bus was stopped in the same road with its red lights activated and stop arms out to pick up students at a bus stop.
Reyes told officials glare from the sun blinded her when she struck the school bus from behind, according to the report.
None of the students on the bus, ages 6 to 14, were injured, FHP reported.