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School bus rear-ended by pickup truck

ELLENTON — A driver in a pickup truck rear-ended a school bus stopped at a set of railroad tracks about 10:06 p.m. tonight, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida school bus drivers are required by law to stop at railroad tracks and check for oncoming rail traffic before proceeding.

The bus was carrying about 50 seventh graders from Manatee School for the Arts home after a field trip to Epcot.

Two students were treated at the scene after complaining of whip-lash type injuries.

The accident was at U.S. 301 North and 19th Avenue East and caused blockage in the west-bound lanes of U.S. 301.

There was no immediate word from the Florida Highway Patrol about whether charges would be filed in the accident.

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