Marion County School Bus Crash
One teenager is dead after a tractor-trailer rear-ended a school bus late Tuesday afternoon.
Frances Schee was an eighth-grade student at North Marion Middle School. The thirteen-year-old died in the crash that happened on U.S. Highway 301 near 155th Street. Bus 9601 was stopped along its normal route in Citra. There were 21 students on board.
Both the bus and the trailer burst into flames on impact. Four passers-by pulled students from the bus and are credited with saving lives by responders with Marion County Fire Rescue. The responders said they prevented a much more devastating outcome.
Eight students were taken to the hospital, along with the drivers of both vehicles. As of 8 p.m., four students were treated and released with minor injuries, according to a press release from Marion County Public Schools.
Marion County Public Schools, Marion County Fire Rescue, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and Florida's Department of Transportation all responded to the scene.
Grief counseling teams will be at North Marion Middle and High schools, the two schools with students on the bus, Wednesday morning to help students and staff. Counseling teams will also be at other nearby schools.
Aerial video showed both of the burned vehicles. The cab of the trailer and the back of the bus were completely burned.
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