Highlands school bus wreck: 23 injured, including two airlifted from scene

Semi versus bus crash in Highlands Co. sends 22 students to the hospital

LAKE PLACID, Fla. -  We have updated information in an accident involving a school bus Wednesday morning in Highlands County.

Crews took 22 students and a bus driver to area hospitals for treatment, according to the Florida Hospital West Florida Division. The Hospital West Florida Division said all the injuries are non-life-threatening.

Florida Heartland Medical Lake Placid treated 20 students. Tampa General Hospital treated two students and the bus driver.

Some 11 people have already been released from the hospital since the accident.

It happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on US 27 near Lake Placid Drive.

The school bus was stopped to allow students to get onboard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The FHP said the bus also had its flashing lights activated to warn other drivers it was stopped.

The semi-truck did not stop in time and struck the rear of the stopped bus, according to FHP. The crash pushed the school bus onto the east shoulder of US 27, and it overturned on its side.

PHOTOS: Several injured in Highlands Co. school bus wreck

There were also two patients who were airlifted from the scene.

There were 39 middle school students on the bus.

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