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Early morning bus crash in Alachua County, no students injured

2:59 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol investigated an early morning crash involving a school bus.

The incident occurred at 6:38 a.m., Wednesday at the intersectin of US 301 and Northeast 120 Avenue.

According to a FHP release, a school bus was heading north on US 301 but stopped with its red flasers and stop signs out to pick up children.

The driver, 79-year-old Joseph Fredickson, of a 2008 GMC SUV was traveling north in the right lane of 301 while 52-year-old Gino Marzella was driving a 2012 Chevy 4-door in the left lane.

According to the release, Fredickson allegedly did not see the stopped school bus because the sem-truck blocked the view. Fredickson switched into the left lane. When he switched lanes, he saw the stopped vehicles.

Fredickson allegedly tried to stop, but hit the Chevy in the front to left read causing it to spin. Fredickson's vehicle then travelled to the median, striking a DOT sign, crossed the southbound lanes of US 301 and came to rest in the ditch on the west side of US 301.

The crash caused Marzella to hit the school bus in the right front to left side.

There were thirteen childern on the school bus and none were injured, the release says.

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