A school bus full of students crashed and overturned on a North Florida roadway when the driver turned to reach for a bottle of water, state servicemen say.
A car crash occurred Wednesday, May 25, shortly after 6:45 a.m. on County Road 65C in Quincy, a Florida patrol reported. At least 16 students were on board, six of whom were sent to the hospital by Master Corporal. Patricia Jefferson Shaw told McClatchy News.
According to a report of the incident, the bus was traveling west when the 63-year-old driver reached out to grab water as the bus approached a turn. She turned to the east lane and straightened up, causing the bus to slide sideways and spin before landing on the left side.
According to the military, the overturned bus blocked the roadway in both directions.
The students on board were 5 to 18 years old and all of them were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, the report said. A 68-year-old man was also riding in the bus.
Authorities have not said whether the bus driver will be charged.
Quincy is located about 20 miles northwest of Tallahassee.