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School bus involved in crash in downtown Jacksonville, multiple students taken to hospital

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Multiple students are recovering following a school bus crash Friday morning in downtown Jacksonville.

Just before 8 a.m., crews with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded to Pearl and Bay streets, where a car and the bus collided.

There were 13 students from Jacksonville Classical Academy on the bus at the time of the crash, according to JFRD.

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JFRD said several people were taken to the hospital: five students, a bus driver and an adult, that was initially trapped inside the car.

The five students and the bus driver are expected to be OK.

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Officials said the other person has serious injuries.

Parents of the other students have been notified. JFRD is asking for drivers to avoid the area.

Action News Jax is working to learn who is responsible for the crash.

Jacksonville Classical Academy gave Action News Jax the following statement about the crash:

“Several of Jacksonville Classical Academy’s scholars have been transported to local hospitals this morning after an automobile accident involving one of the Academy’s contracted third party buses. While the extent of the students’ injuries does not seem to be severe, we appreciate the well wishes for them and their families after such a traumatic event. We commend the compassionate and effective actions of our first responders as they cared for our students this morning, and our prayers are with the victim from the other vehicle to recover quickly from his injuries.”

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.