School Bus Hydroplanes, Flips on Interstate 4
A special needs bus traveling west on Interstate 4 Friday, July 9, hydroplaned and flipped over a guardrail after hitting a puddle. The bus hydroplaned across the westbound lanes before it hit the guardrail at the Winter Park exit, west of the Lee Road exit and then collided with a highway exit sign and a light post before flipping over. The bus was carrying a six-year-old girl and her custodian, a school employee, as well as the bus driver. Fortunately, no one was injured but the three inside had to crawl out of the emergency exit before first responders arrived. The bus was heading back to Lake County from a class in Orange County.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) tells WFTV-TV that the bus was hanging onto the guardrail by one tire and that getting caught on the guardrail may have kept the bus from sliding down an embankment. The westbound lanes of I-4 were shut down as a tow truck pulled the bus out. FHP will determine if the bus driver will face any changes.
Our well wishes go out to everyone involved in this near tragedy.
Florida has experienced the more typical June showers over the last few days and that means that oil on the roadway gets wet and causes cars to slide. You would be well-advised to slow down in a rain storm, even without much precipitation on the road to avoid having a repeat of what happened here.
The bus accident attorneys in Florida at Farah & Farah are just a phone call away if you or a loved one is involved in a traffic accident with injuries. We will help you with the paperwork necessary to determine the at-fault party while you concentrate on getting better. Call us anywhere in Florida and South Georgia at 1-800-533-3555.