LAWTEY, FL – A Bradford county school bus carrying 15 elementary school students was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer Monday afternoon in Lawtey.
The Florida highway patrol said there were 10 people transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
According to Sheriff Gordon Smith, the woman in the semi was not wearing any clothes. She was given a towel from troopers to cover up in front of the children.
Witnesses tell WJXT-TV that the driver of the semi was going about 60 miles per hour when it struck the bus.
Janice Crawford witnessed the accident saying the truck driver never hit the brakes. “I will never get over this incident, because I was standing there and pieces flew over my head when the wreck happened. I was standing there when he hit her right there. And I couldn’t even move. I couldn’t even move to get out of the way.”
The big rig is owned and operated by Mo’s trucking out of Palatka.
The Sheriff’s office said the bus driver saw the semi coming in the rear-view mirror and sped up, which may have minimized the impact.