Manatee County school bus transporting elementary students involved in crash

A crash involving a school bus taking children to an elementary school injured one person on 14th Street West on Monday morning.

A 2015 Hyundai Tucson and a Manatee County Schools bus were involved in a crash on 14th Street West at 66th Avenue West just before 8 a.m., according to Florida Highway Patrol.

A 76-year-old Lakewood Ranch man was driving the Tucson northbound in the center lane of U.S. 41 approaching the intersection of Florida Boulevard when his vehicle began to drift into the left lane.

The school bus, driven by a 38-year-old Bradenton man, was stopped facing south in the center “continuous left turn lane,” waiting to turn onto 66th Avenue West, according to FHP.

The Tucson continued to drift into the continuous turn lane and struck the left front of the bus before rotating counterclockwise and stopping in the left and center northbound lanes of U.S. 41, according to FHP.

The bus was transporting three students at the time of the crash and was going to Abel Elementary, according to School District of Manatee County spokesman Mike Barber. The students on board were ages 12, 9 and 5, FHP reported.

The driver of the Tucson suffered critical injuries and was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

A 46-year-old passenger on the school bus reported minor injuries in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing.