Failed brakes are being blamed for a school shuttle full of young kids slamming into two cars during rush hour Wednesday morning off Lem Turner and Trout River Blvd.
A spokesman for Ephesus Junior Academy said the students onboard have bumps and bruises after the crash. That spokesman said their shuttles are inspected every four months, and the brakes were functional Wednesday morning. They added the shuttle will be examined to determine what could be done to prevent another incident in the future.
My source with JFRD confirms nobody is critical resulting from school shuttle crash on Lem Turner. parents tell me they've taken some of their kids to be looked at at the hospital.— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) March 7, 2018
“The driver informed us the breaks went out as he went over the bridge and down the hill, and hit two cars,” Spokesman Walter James said.
James said the 15 to 18 students on board are supposed to wear seatbelts, and Action News Jax is working to learn if they were.
Patient tally from Lem Turner and Trout River stands at 2 non-critical transports to area hospitals with one adult and one pediatric comprising the aforementioned.— MyJFRD (@JFRDJAX) March 7, 2018
JFRD tweeted they took an adult and a child to the hospital, and they are not critical. Action News Jax saw other parents take their own kids to the hospital to get checked out.
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department are responding to the scene of a traffic crash in north Jacksonville.
On Wednesday around 8 a.m., a crash involving a Ephesus Junior Academy school shuttle occurred at Lem Turner Road and Trout River Boulevard.
Driver of the blue car tells me the shuttle driver her told her the bus’ brakes failed and slammed into her and another car on lem turner. pic.twitter.com/WVC5ZjfyMl— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) March 7, 2018
JFRD said one person is in critical condition and four others have been transported to a local hospital in non-critical condition.
Principal Joyce Dudley of Ephesus Junior Academy says all of her kids are okay pic.twitter.com/WinL2f3bB0— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) March 7, 2018
Authorities are investigating how the crash occurred. Principal Joyce Dudley of Ephesus Junior Academy said that none of her students were hurt in the crash.
BREAKING: Daycare van involved in traffic crash with injuries at Lem Turner and Trout River. Live updates: https://t.co/wbsnc8tcae— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) March 7, 2018
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