9 injured after HART bus crash on 56th Street

TAMPA, Fla. - As a HART bus was turning left into NetPark from southbound 56th St., a Volvo heading northbound crashed into it, sending seven passengers and both drivers to the hospital, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened in front of the west entrance to the office park just before 3 p.m. on Monday.

According to Nacole Revette, spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, the car and bus collided head on.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said it appears that the bus driver, Juan P. Washington, 48, of Riverview, is at fault.

"Information such as video from the cameras on the bus and so forth, that information is being gleaned at this point," said Sgt. Steve Gaskins with FHP.  "Troopers again still on the scene, trying to remove the vehicle, get the debris and everything cleared up so we can open the roadway for rush hour traffic."

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After the impact, the bus lost control and hit a sign.  The bus was headed to a nearby transfer station.

Gaskins said seven bus passengers were taken to the hospital, along with Washington and the driver of the Volvo, Johny Ngoc Giang, 20, of Tampa.  Both drivers were seriously injured.

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