Monday, April 13, 2015

Brevard County School Bus Crash In Palm Bay

PALM BAY, Florida -- A Brevard County Public Schools bus with twenty-eight schoolchildren on board was involved in a crash with a pickup truck near the intersection of Emerson Drive NW and Furth Road NW in Palm Bay, Florida just after 9 a.m. on Monday. The bus was en route this morning to Central Middle School in West Melbourne, Florida.

Palm Bay firefighters and paramedics responded and treated patients for minor injuries. Four children were transported to the hospital with minor injuries after the accident.  The pickup driver was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.  Parents of the children were notified following the accident.

Witnesses told police that the driver of the school bus was attempting to turn onto Eastbound Emerson from Furth Road and pulled in front of an oncoming pickup truck that was heading westbound on Emerson. The bus driver is identified as 73-year-old George Christensen. Christensen was issued a citation for failure to yield the right-of-way, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

Photo Credit: Palm Bay Police Department 

Story updated at 2:39 p.m.