7 students, 4 adults injured in Sarasota school bus crash

Posted at 10:01 AM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 11:21:41-04

UPDATE (4/12/17) | All patients from the Sarasota bus crash at Sarasota Memorial Hospital have been released.

UPDATE (3:00 p.m.) | The driver involved in Tuesday's bus crash has now been cited for making an improper left turn in front of oncoming traffic.  All but one child and two adults who were injured have been released from the hospital.  

Florida Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Michael Rans, was driving his sedan westbound on Proctor Road in the left turn lane at the intersection of Gantt Rd. The school bus, driven by 63-year-old Danny Dunn, was heading east on Proctor in the right hand lane. Rans made an improper left turn, colliding with the bus. The bus veered off the road, hitting a traffic signal pole.  

Seven of the 12 students on the bus, the bus driver, bus aide, and driver of the vehicle were all transported to the hospital.  Another child was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital by a private vehicle.

Since this morning, all but one student taken to SMH have been treated and released. The remaining child was transferred to John Hopkins All Children's Hospital for further evaluation of both crash and non-crash related medical issues.  The bus aide remains in stable condition and was admitted to SMH.  That aide is married to bus driver, Danny Dunn, who remains hospitalized at Doctor's Hospital of Sarasota.  The driver of the car has also been released.  His passenger was not injured.


ORIGINAL STORY |  The Florida Highway Patrol is currently investigating a crash involving a school bus.

The crash happened at Proctor and Gantt Road on Tuesday morning.

According to Sarasota Schools, there were 12 students on the bus at the time of the crash.

Seven students and two adults on the bus were taken to the hospital, with non-life threatening injuries.  One child was taken by helicopter as a trauma alert.

Of the students transported, six were under 18 and one was over the age of 18.

Three students on the bus went back to school and two others went home for the day.

Each passenger did have access to a seatbelt and it is believed the students were all wearing them.

The Sarasota County School District told ABC Action News there were students on the bus from Oak Park School, a special needs school, located at 7285 Proctor Road. 



According to FHP, the school bus hit a car that turned in front of it.  That caused the bus to lose control and slam into a power pole.

A traffic light fell on top of the bus.  There are power outages reported in the area due to the crash. Officials also had to deal with a fuel leak of the school bus at one point.

Two adults from the car were also transported to the hospital.