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9 kids transported to hospital as a precaution after crash involving school bus in Polk County

Posted at 4:25 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 18:01:28-05

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Nine children were transported to the hospital, out of precaution, after a crash involving a school bus on Tuesday in Winter Haven.

Winter Haven Police responded to the crash around 4 p.m. at the intersection of Central Ave. E at 6th St NE in Winter Haven.

According to police, the school bus was traveling on Central Ave. E. when a 2004 Black Mercedes sedan, driven by 74-year-old Leo Sanchez, pulled out of a business at 6th St NE and Central Ave. 
into the side of the bus.

The school bus was carrying 20 students from the Learning & Literacy Academy at the time of the crash.

Police say there were complaints of back pain and in an abundance of precaution, 9 children ranging in ages from 8 to 15 were transported by ground to Winter Haven Hospital for evaluation. There are no major injuries in the incident.

All parents of children on the bus were notified of the crash, police say.

Sanchez was charged with careless driving.