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SUV and school bus collide, one fatality

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Updated: 1/18/2008 10:37 am
YULEE, Fla. -- The elderly passenger of an SUV died after his wife turned in front of and collided with a school bus carrying four elementary aged students.

According to Bill Leeper with the Florida Highway Patrol, a school bus was traveling west bound on A1A approaching I-95 when an SUV traveling eastbound attempting to turn left to go north on I-95 turned in front of the bus, causing the bus to hit the SUV on the right passenger side.

73-year-old John Robert Ryder, the passenger of the SUV, died at the scene.

There were four elementary aged children on the bus but they were not injured.

Both the driver of the SUV, 70-year-old Carole Ryder, and the driver of the school bus were taken to Shands Jacksonville.

At last check, Carole Ryder was in critical condition. The bus driver's condition is unknown.
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hellooonurse0 - 1/30/2008 3:54 AM
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Thank you to Stephani for being one of 2 reporters I have found to correctly list mom as having critcal injuries. God bless!

hellooonurse0 - 1/30/2008 3:46 AM
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Just how does debnov know this was an error in judgement? Who said she saw the school bus or the school bus saw her? Yes this accident ended in a fatality, my dad. Obviously the car did not turn in front of the bus or collide with it. My mother had turned and crossed 3 lanes before the bus hit her. The nose of her vehicle was onto the entrance ramp, she was hit in the passenger side door. We still don't know what happened as my mom is unable to talk. She is still in critical condition even though the news lists her falsley as having non life threatening injuries. She was flown to Shand's in Jacksonville & remains in the trauma unit still. We also know that the traffic light was very new. 3 days after the accident the green arrow light was not working properly, we saw it! So was the brand new light working properly on the day of the accident? Were both sides green when mom's arrow light was green? Who knows! Who knows if there was something medical going on in the SUV, my dad just had heart surgery, that's why he didn't drive. Who knows if their just bought vehicle malfunctioned? Who knows, who knows, who knows! It just amazes me how people just insert their own opinions without knowing all the facts! Who decided you should be the judge? As of this time I know my mom was critically injured. The bus driver was injured and remains in pain both physically & mentally. My dad & their dog passed away. Everyone & their families involved in this accident are grieving! Instead of printing such nonsense, please pray for us all. Only God knows what truly happened at this time and only he can judge it! Sincerely Tamara Jessee

debnov - 1/17/2008 7:07 PM
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Drivers need to exercise more caution on the road especially when they see a school bus. This was an error in judgement that ended in a fatality. Drivers need to slow down.
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