Polk bus driver resigns after crash

A recent fender bender is just the latest mishap for a driver.

LAKELAND, Fla. (WTSP) -- A Polk County bus driver has resigned after caused a crash by pulling in front of a pickup and left three students injured.

State troopers said bus driver Frederick McClellan stopped at a stop sign Tuesday morning, but then he pulled in front of a pickup truck while making a left turn. Twenty students were on board.

The driver of the truck was also taken to the hospital, but everyone's expected to be OK. McClellan was cited for violation of right-of-way.

School district records show this is McClellan's third accident since he started driving for the district on February 1. The accident review committee found he made improper turns on April 8 and again on April 19.

He was required to take a defensive driving course and retrain over the summer. After completing that, McClellan was back on the road.

He declined to comment Tuesday afternoon on the most recent crash, citing the school district's policy.

School district officials also turned down an on-camera interview.

Instead the district released a statement, which reads in part, "Our thoughts are with our students and anyone injured in today's crash. We pray for their recoveries."

McClellan is on paid leave while the district investigates the crash. An accident review committee will review the investigation and determine what, if any, discipline is appropriate, according to the district's statement.


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