7 vehicle crash including school bus closes down Sunset Point Rd. under US 19

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-20 23:23:20-05

A 7 vehicle crash that included a school bus and fire-rescue truck closed down Sunset Point Rd. under US 19 S. in Clearwater Friday afternoon.

15 kids were on board the bus from Safety Harbor Middle School, but none of them were injured.

Five people were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Two Clearwater fire fighters were among those transported.

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a Hyundai SUV didn't yield to a Clearwater fire-rescue vehicle with its sirens and lights activated. The SUV collided with the emergency vehicle that was responding to a call for service. 

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Juan Perez's car was pinned between another vehicle and the fire-rescue truck.

"I thought I was dead, I mean he completely came toward my door, I mean we locked eyes," said Perez. "I thought I was a goner."

Ronnie Butler braced for impact after the crash unfolded right in front of him and his 5-month-old daughter. 

"I'm thankful for myself and everybody else that was involved in it that's not hurt, especially my daughter," said Butler. "I thank God."

Sunset Point reopened around 8:30 p.m. Friday.