UPDATE 11:45 P.M. : A 75-year-old Freeport man has died following a car crash at Highway 331 and Hawthorne Road.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a school bus was traveling north on U.S. Highway 331 in the left lane on Monday at 4:23 in the afternoon when the bus driver, who may have suffered a medical emergency, began to leave the roadway and travel into the southbound lane into the path of 2 oncoming pickup trucks.
The bus hit the first truck on the rear left and continued forward, colliding with the front left of the second pickup truck, forcing the truck to rotate and leave the roadway.
The driver of the first truck, a 77-year-old man from Bruce City, received no injuries while the owner of the second truck, a 75-year-old Freeport man, died from his injuries.
The driver of the bus was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and of the 29 students on board the bus, only a few received minor injuries.
WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — According to a tweet by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, one person is dead after a school bus crash on Monday at Hwy 331 S and Hawthorne Road.
All of the students are safe and were released to their guardians.
The name of the victim has not yet been disclosed. The crash is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.