Two drivers, 48 kids taken to hospital after Suwannee Co. school bus/SUV crash

Bus Crash
Posted at 11:00 AM, Dec 19, 2012

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Two drivers and 48 children were taken to the hospital after a crash between an SUV and a Suwannee County School bus.

Florida troopers say that the crash happened around 7:35 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and 74th Street. The school bus was stopped in the eastbound lane of Hwy 90 when it was rear-ended by a 2002 Chevrolet SUV.

Troopers say that the school bus had it's warning lights on because students were being picked up at the intersection. However, all the students were seated at the time of the crash.

The 48 students on the bus were transported to Shands Live Oak for precautionary measures. The driver, Monica G. Pitts, was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The children attend various schools and range in age from elementary to high school students.

The driver of the SUV, 18-year-old Brandon J. Cunningham,  was seriously injured and air-lifted to Shands Gainesville.

Troopers say that charges related to the crash are pending.