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Bus incident puts minor dent in first day of school

POSTED: August 7, 2014 6:24 p.m.

A schoolgirl surveys the situation after an SUV and bus bumped fenders on Barn Street. There were no injuries, but an elderly woman who stopped for the accident was transported to the hospital for evaluation. The children and bus went on their way after a report was taken.

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A Gainesville City Schools bus was involved in a minor accident Thursday afternoon outside New Holland Core Knowledge Academy at the intersection of Barn Street and Jesse Jewell Parkway.

Gainesville Police Department Cpl. Brian Roberts said there were no injuries or vehicle damage, but a bystander fell near the scene of the accident. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Roberts said the bystander did not make contact with the vehicles.

In the accident, the front end of a Ford Explorer made light contact with the rear of the school bus.

“It was just a bump,” Roberts said. “I think it was just a bunch of red and blue lights but nothing really.”

He said it was not clear whether the bus, which was carrying children, was rear-ended or rolled back into the Explorer.

“If I wouldn’t have heard the little noise, I wouldn’t have even known I was hit,” said an occupant of the Explorer who chose not to share her name. “I’m glad everybody’s OK.”

Aside from the bus incident, Gainesville Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel said the first day of school was a success.

“It has absolutely been a fantastic day,” she said. “I’ve been in all eight schools. I saw children learning and making friends. It was such a smooth beginning to the school year.”


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