Less than 24 hours after a Flagler County School bus was rear-ended on State Road 100, another school bus was rear-ended by a pick-up truck on Pine Lakes Parkway in Palm Coast at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. In both cases, roads were wet and slippery.
The wreck on Friday (at the Pine Lakes intersection south of Palm Coast Parkway, near the Catholic church) involved a 13-passenger special education school bus. It was not carrying any students, Bruce Preece, the district’s transportation director, said. Aboard were the driver and a teacher’s aide. The aide complained of back discomfort and was taken to a local clinic.
“He ended up going to Medi-Quick to get checked out.,” a sheriff’s spokesman said. “There was no indication that there was an injury. The officer advised that he was going there to get checked out for Workers Comp. ”
Rains have been particularly heavy i the last 24 hours.
The bus was driven by James Michael Brown, 67, of Bunnell. The aide is Louis Baron, 59, of Palm Coast. The pick-up was driven by David Michael Moore, 48, of Palm Coast. He was not injured, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated the crash, reported. The vehicle was a 1990 Nissan Pick-up, which sustained minor front end damage.
“I understand our bus has minor damage,” Preece said. The bus is a Bluebird manufactured in the early 2000s. It had completed its run and was heading back to the main bus dept behind Flagler Palm Coast High School.
“Indication was that traffic was slowing down and the pick-up hydroplaned and slide into the rear of the bus,” a sheriff’s spokesman said.
Seriously people….they are big and bright yellow..how do you NOT see them???????
Charles Gardner says
Magnets in the bumpers.
Concerned Driver says
It does not surprise me at all that another Flagler County School bus has been involved in an accident. This morning while traveling West bound on Palm Coast Pkwy I observed bus number 9715 decide to move from the right lane over to the left without using a turn signal or leaving time for avoidance if someone wasn’t paying attention. Fortunately I was and made it thru OK. The driver then proceeded to gesture rudely out his window. I am hoping the bus was empty as I soon found it parked behind the BB&T. I called the Transportation Office to file a complaint but it seems no one was interested and never returned a call.
Ron Hubbard says
Buses are obviously not painted the correct color. They need to be bright neon green with rapidly flashing LED bright brake lights.
Of course, then people will plead ‘innocent’ in court because they will claim they were blinded by the flashing lights and frightened by the large neon green ‘whale’ stopped in the road..
What about keeping the distance requested by law, specially from a school bus carrying our kids or not!
Slow down and drive for the conditions.
Deep South says
The vehicle was a 1990 model. This truck was 23 years old. Shouldn’t vehicles over 10 years old go through yearly inspections ? Sounds like the brakes were in poor condition.
Usually it’s the driver not paying attention.
Joe Joe says
I’ve seen many buses leaving Matanzas HS in the morning that are driven by idiots. I pass the corner of Old Kings and Forest Groove and at LEAST once a week a bus driver barely stops at the stop sign and cuts myself or another driver off…