HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — One person was killed Wednesday morning in a crash involving a school bus.
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According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened between a school bus and a pick-up truck on Bourassa Boulevard and Commercial Way in the Weeki Wachee area.
The pick-up truck driver, identified as Michael James Scott, 69, of Crystal River, was killed when his vehicle struck the back of the school bus.
Ten children on the bus suffered minor injuries. There were 48 students on the bus, which was serving the Winding Waters (K-8) School.
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said the bus had slowed to let pedestrians cross and was preparing to turn when the pick-up struck the back of the bus.
Hernando County School District representatives responded to the scene, along with deputies, troopers, and Fire/Rescue responders.
Twelve-year-old Logan Pendleton, a student at Winding Waters, was on the bus.
"Kids came into my seat, and I thought the bus would roll, so I grabbed onto them to make sure they would be OK," Pendleton said. "The first thing I did was I got up and I checked and I went to everyone to see if they were OK and if someone was injured bad."
Hernando County School District Spokesperson Karen Jordan says a Care Team will be on hand at Winding Waters for as long as students and staff need it.
The roadway was closed for several hours.