Dozens Hospitalized And Several Dead After Florida Bus Crash

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( – On Tuesday morning a bus crash on West Highway 40 in Marion County, Florida resulted in the death of eight people, while dozens of others were hospitalized for injuries. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash had occurred early in the morning at around half past six, when a 2010 International bus that was carrying 53 farm workers, and a Ford Ranger truck sideswiped each other. The incident caused the bus to swerve off the road and crash into a fence. Following the crash, the bus also flipped resulting in the death of eight people. 

The FHP has argued that there were around 40 people hospitalized. The Marion County Fire Rescue in its report noted that 38 people were hospitalized, out of whom eight were in critical condition. 

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods argued that the workers had been migrants hired for agricultural work in Florida. Woods claimed that he thought the workers were legally in the country. As he argued these were “hard-working individuals” and there was not anything wrong with their presence in the country. 

Florida Highway Patrol public affairs officer Lt. Pat Riordan noted that some of these people had been in serious condition and that there was a “high probability” that the fatalities from the event could increase. The driver of the Ford pickup has also been heavily injured and hospitalized.

Woods has argued that more than 30 ambulances had been on the scene to assist the victims off of the bus. 

The Marion County Public Schools spokesperson added that the district had used a school bus in order to help transport all of the patients that needed to go to the hospital for treatment. 

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