Tampa, Florida -- Hillsborough County Fire Rescue says nine people were injured in a crash that involved a HART bus on Monday afternoon.
The accident happened at 4886 56th Street North in Tampa around 2:30 p.m.
"I can tell you what we know so far is that the bus turned left, in front of the car," Sgt. Steve Gaskins with the Florida Highway Patrol tells 10 News.
The bus driver, 48 year old Juan Washington of Riverview, has been cited for making an improper left turn, according to the FHP.
Investigators say Washington was driving a Hartline bus headed South on 56th Street. He was trying to turn left under a green traffic light to enter the Netpark office center.
20 year old Johny Giang was headed north on 56th Street in the inside lane when investigators say Washington turned right into his path. Giang tried to steer hard to the right to avoid the collision but couldn't.
Giang had to be cut out of his Volvo.
Meanwhile Washington with several passengers on board slammed into the concrete Netpark office sign. The impact of the crash crushed in his front window.
The injured were rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital or Tampa General Hospital.
10 News spoke with Johny's neighbors Monday evening in a gated community in New Tampa where word was just started to spread about what happened. Neighbors say Johny's father is out of town and Johny's mother at that time was rushing to Tampa General to be by her son's side.
Meanwhile several agencies are working together to try to figure out the events leading up to the crash. Sgt. Gaskins adds, "Information such as video from the cameras that are on the bus and so forth that information is being gleaned at this point."
Nacole Revette with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Department, says, "There were witnesses here earlier to give their descriptions of what happened."
Both drivers were hospitalized with serious injuries. All seven people on the bus were also taken to area hospitals, including one person who also suffered serious injuries.
A spokesperson for St. Joseph's Hospital said 5 patients being seen at their facility were all expected to be treated and released.