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Kid talks about fatal car crash

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Updated: 9/29/2009 11:10 pm
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- Two people are dead after a car smashes into a bus filled with elementary students.

It started out as a normal bus ride home for third grader Dylan Robertson. “Our bus had stopped and she turned the blinker on before we went to stop,” said Robertson. 

The bus was turning off Blanding Boulevard, but then Dylan bounced out of his seat. “We went to go turn and the car came and hit us and the bus like went up in the air,” said Robertson.

The car slammed into the back of the bus, sending the kids into a panic. “At first she said to stay in our seats, but then the driver saw flames and she said for all of us to get in a single file line and go out. I looked behind and you could see flames,” said Robertson.

Dylan's mom got the call, saying her son's bus was in an accident. The school didn't tell her how bad it was or that two people in the car died. “Oh my goodness, nightmare. My first thing was are you ok. I was worried he might have saw something,” said Julie Fife.

Luckily the little third grader walked away, but that hasn’t been the case for many others at this intersection. His mom drives in this area all the time. “This is just probably the millionth wreck that's happened over here so I don't know what they're going to do. They won't put up a street light. I mean speed bumps, flashing lights. I don’t know what it's going to take. I guess one accident after another. It's just horrible,” said Fife. 

The driver of the car, Elisabeth Brantley, 19, died at the scene as did one of the passengers, 48-year-old Paul Bruchesky. Brantley’s sister, 16-year-old Samantha was taken to Shands Jacksonville with minor injuries.

22 children were on the bus. Four of them were treated for minor injuries.

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jennstarshine - 9/30/2009 8:48 PM
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I'm the aunt of Dylan Robertson and I feel like it was very brave of him to go on tv and talk about the accident. Thank God him and the other children on the bus weren't seriously injured in the accident and they didn't see the family that was in the car that hit the bus. All the children are being counseled by their families and the school. My families prayers go out to the family of the victims for their terrible loss. And as for a child speaking about the accident it is something children and us adults see on an everyday bases on the news or any other programs out there on television. My concerns are with public safety for the residents of Middleburg. There has been many fatal accidents out here on our roads and something needs to be done about it before anymore tragedies like this happen in the future. All clay county residents need to speak up and get the county to step up and take action to fix and maintain our county roads. I've been a resident in Middleburg for over 20 years now and the county continues to neglect our needs to make our city safer for us and our children to live in.

bryansmom - 9/30/2009 9:37 AM
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MY PRAYERS GO OUT THE THE FAMILIES OF EVERYONE IN THIS ACCIDENT. I LOSE MY SON IN A CAR ACCIDENT, NEXT YR WILL BE TWO YEARS AND I FEEL THE HEARTACHE AND PAIN THAT THE PARENTS OF THE TWO PEOPLE LOST IN THIS ACCIDENT. THEY SAID THAT THERE WERE NO TIRE MARKS FROM WHERE SHE TRIED TO STOP, NO ONE KNOWS, MAYBE THE SUN WAS IN HER EYES AND SHE COULDN'T TELL THE BUS WAS STOPPED. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU BEEN TRAVELING ON BLANDING OR 103RD ST. AND SOMEONE STOPS UP AHEAD AND YOU CAN'T TELL OR SEE THE TAIL LIGHTS BECAUSE OF THE SUN. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILIES

lfmundy2002 - 9/30/2009 7:37 AM
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Hitting a big yellow school bus is just carelessness. In this case, death. Drivers, BEWARE OF OUR KIDS/GRANDCHILDREN'S SAFETY. Prayers to the families of the deceased and injured.

Matters - 9/29/2009 10:33 PM
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In the preceding comment, I meant to write: "The only people who should be talking to that child right now are HIS parents," not "HER parents...."

Matters - 9/29/2009 10:25 PM
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First, why is a reporter talking to an 8-year-old child about an accident he witnessed in which (he now knows) a young woman died and her younger sister was seriously injured? The only people who should be talking to that child right now are her parents; a trained counselor; and the school principal. Second, given the gravity of the tragic accident, might we have a more respectful headline than "KID talks about fatal car crash?" Child, student, third-grader....any of these would have been more appropriate than the slangy term "kid." "KID talks about fatal car crash".... a too-casual and almost disrespectful title for an article about an accident resulting in the death of a young woman and the serious injury of her even-younger sister.

BobbyShad - 9/29/2009 10:12 PM
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Turning off of Blanding at what street? I can't believe this was not mentioned in any of the report. Don't you think that's important to know??? If it's such a dangerous intersection, let everybody know!
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