PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Two Bay District school buses were involved in an accident Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m. It happened near Deane Bozeman School on Highway 77.
State troopers said one bus rear-ended another bus. Around 80 students were on the busses at the time of the wreck.
Bay District Schools officials said 12 students were transported to the hospital, one with a trauma-related injury, and the rest with impact-related injuries. Both drivers were also evaluated for any injuries.
Superintendent Mark McQueen went to the hospital to be with the students and their families.
At this time it is not known why the bus rear-ended the other one but district officials said they will continue to investigate.
“This is a very unfortunate incident, obviously, our hearts and thoughts and prayers are with all of those who were impacted, again, it was very traumatic I’m sure, for all of the students and the drivers on the bus,” Bay District Schools Director of Communications Sharon Michalik said. “Our drivers drive more than 6200 miles a day so something like this is obviously very rare. It’s not acceptable for something like this to happen.”
School officials say if your child was on either bus and needs medical treatment to contact the district by calling 850-767-4100. They will also have counselors at the school for the rest of the week.