Police: Sarasota bus driver may have been texting and crashed into garbage truck

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Sarasota Police Department is investigating a crash between a Sarasota County school bus and a Waste Management garbage truck.

The crash happened Friday around 3:40 p.m. at the intersection of Ringling Boulevard and Tuttle Avenue.

Children on the bus told responding officers that the driver was using a cell phone and may have been texting at the time of the crash.

25 children were on board and several were assessed for injuries by the Sarasota County Fire Department.  None of the children were taken to the hospital.

The bus was taking the children from Gulf Gate Elementary School to the Boys and Girls Club at 3100 Fruitville Road.

An investigation is pending.

This is the second time this week a school bus driver may have been texting behind the wheel of a school bus.

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