School bus runs red light, crashes into power pole on Red Bug
Photo by Tom Johnson @AnchorTom
CASSELBERRY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The driver of a school bus carrying children ran a red light, collided with a vehicle, then crashed into a power pole this morning in front of Red Bug Lake Elementary, FOX 35's Tom Johnson reported.
The crash happened at Red Bug Lake Road and Nodding Pines Way.
The Florida Highway Patrol told Johnson that the driver of the school bus will be ticketed for running a red light. The bus driver is 66-year-old Jack Timmel, of Casselberry. Troopers said Timmel ran the very same red light and caused a different wreck less than a year ago.
"The Highway Patrol has worked another crash at this location on the same bus driver, January 25th of this year, where the bus driver was cited for running a red light and causing a crash in a loaded school bus," said FHP spokesperson Sgt. Kim Montes.
Power lines could be seen on top of the bus after the crash. Several concrete blocks were struck and thrown 30 feet from the site.
The crash blew a transformer which kept Progress Energy crews working for hours to restore power to Red Bug Lake Elementary.
The students and driver were evacuated safely from the bus. No serious injuries were reported.
The Seminole County School District is just beginning its investigation. James Roark, Transportation Safety Manager for the district, said managers will look at onboard video surveillance taken from the bus. They will also compare Tuesday's wreck with the January incident.
Timmel was disciplined for the previous accident, according to Roark, and the school board could consider suspending him without pay, or could decide to fire him, depending on the outcome of the district's findings.