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Orlando, Florida – Five people were injured early this morning when a bus owned and operated by Walt Disney World collided with a tractor trailer.

The Disney Magical Express bus was on Boggy Creek Road in Orlando when the accident happened according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The injured victims, including the bus driver, were taken to a local hospital.

The Disney bus takes people back and forth to Orlando International Airport.

A sixty-nine year old tourist from Massachusetts was killed after he walked in front of a bus at Walt Disney World last December. FHP records indicate that Robert Krueger stepped in front of the bus in the parking lot of Disney’s Port Orleans resort. He was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he later died.

In another tragic Disney bus accident in April 2010, a boy from St. Petersburg was struck and killed by a bus while riding his bike at the Fort Wilderness Resort campground on Walt Disney World.
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Miami Beach – Tour bus accident leaves woman dead. A female pedestrian was hit by a private tour bus as she crossed the street this morning at the intersection of Collins Avenue and 10th street in South Beach. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the bus accident.

Collins Avenue was blocked to traffic from Ninth to 11th Street while police investigated the crash.

It appeared that the woman had been carrying a green grocery shopping bag and wearing a straw hat. Both were found at the scene. Police said the woman appeared to be in her sixties.
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Ocala, Florida — Hundreds of friends and family members gathered to say goodbye to 13 year old Frances Schee at an emotional memorial service yesterday.

Schee was killed last week in a truck accident when the school bus she was in was rear-ended by a tractor trailer and burst into flames.

Her school band played one final song for her at the community service.

“We are going to miss her greatly,” said Jerome Brown, the principal of North Marion Middle School. “Sweet little girl, very quiet, very cute, always did the right thing, always smiling.”

Eight other students were injured in that crash including 11 year old JaSena Humber, who was seriously injured in the truck accident.

Charges were filed against the truck driver and the investigation into the crash is pending and is expected to last for several weeks.

For more on this tragic, Florida truck accident, see my earlier post “Marion County, Florida Truck Accident Blamed On Driver’s Cell Phone Use Just Before Hitting Bus“.
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Citra, Florida – A Florida truck accident turned tragic Tuesday afternoon when a tractor trailer crashed into the rear of a school bus.

The truck driver who caused the Florida truck accident told investigators he was on his cell phone just before the impact with the bus. A 13-year-old student was killed and several other students were injured.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Reinaldo A. Gonzalez, 30, of Orlando, admitted having been on the phone just before his 1991 Freightliner slammed into the stopped bus. The report lists contributing causes as driver distraction, careless driving and possible faulty brakes. The Florida truck accident occurred on U.S. 301 south of Citra.

Investigators plan to review, among other things, Gonzalez’s driving log to learn how long he had been behind the wheel and Department of Transportation records indicating his truck had been placed “out of service” by the DOT just hours before the crash for having faulty brakes.

According to investigators, there was no indication the truck was over loaded which can make stopping difficult.

A preliminary accident report showed that Gonzalez’s truck had been inspected at a weigh station on I-95 at 3:30 a.m. and was taken out of service for brake problems. Florida Department of Transportation rules require that when a truck is taken out of service, the violation must be fixed before the vehicle is allowed to go back on the road. FDOT spokesman Lt. Jeff Frost offered no comment about the truck other than to say that the brake inspection was part of their ongoing investigation.

This is not the first time Gonzalez’s truck was taken off the road due to safety violations.

According to DOT records, Gonzalez’s truck was placed out of service on April 12, 2007, for having a broken head lamp and three bald tires.

Witnesses to the Florida bus accident said it didn’t look like the truck even tried to stop before crashing into the bus.

Gonzalez later told another truck driver that he didn’t see the school bus.

Gonzalez had several other DOT safety violations since 2005 when he obtained his commercial driver’s licence and began driving tractor trailers, none of which resulted in his vehicle being placed out of service.

In the past, the DOT has cited Gonzalez for three counts of failing to display proper truck identification on his vehicle, again cited for failure to properly display vehicle identification tags on his truck, and for not keeping his driving log current. The driving log allows DOT to track whether the driver has had the required amount of rest.

Federal trucking regulations allow truck drivers to drive 11 consecutive hours without a break or 15 nonconsecutive hours before resting at least 10 hours.
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Broward County, Florida – One woman was killed Sunday in a bus accident on the road to the Langerado Music Festival just North of I-75 (Alligator Alley).

A spokesperson from the Broward County Medical Examiner’s office said that 36 year old Constance Leach of Clewiston, Florida, died from injuries she sustained in the crash.

According to Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, Sgt. Mark Wysocky, the accident occurred on Snake Road, a few miles north of Interstate 75 in Broward County when the pick up truck driven by Leach collided with a tour bus. The crash was reported in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Our Florida injury lawyers have represented many families whose loved ones were seriously injured or killed in charter bus accidents across the state of Florida. Through our investigation of many of these crashes, we have discovered that bus drivers are often hired and placed behind the wheel of these huge vehicles without adequate training or experience. Too often, tour bus drivers are pushing the limits of safe operation in order to deliver passengers to their destination earlier. Lives are lost or forever changed when negligent charter operators put profits ahead of people by hiring unqualified drivers and failing to adequately train them.

Leach, a stay at home mom, leaves behind her four children and two grandsons, according to her sister, Tammy Leach.
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