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Troopers identify driver killed in Hernando County school bus crash

Troopers say 69-year-old Michael James Scott rear-ended the bus, which had stopped to let a person cross the street. 10 children suffered minor injuries.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Update: Florida Highway Patrol has identified the driver of the pickup truck who died in the crash. Troopers say 69-year-old Michael James Scott was killed when he rear-ended the school bus. 

According to the accident report, the bus had stopped to allow a person to cross Commercial Way. Scott's family has been notified of his death. 

Troopers say 48 students were on the bus heading to Winding Waters K-8 school in Weeki Wachee. Ten suffered minor injuries. seven were taken to nearby hospitals in ambulances, and three were taken by their parents.

Investigators say alcohol was not involved in the crash.

Original story below:

One person has died and six children have been taken to the hospital after a truck hit a school bus in Brooksville.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened near Bourassa Boulevard and Commercial Way. 

The sheriff's office said a person in the truck died.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the bus was traveling northbound on Commercial Way and the truck was behind it. At the intersection of Bourassa Boulevard, troopers said the bus stopped to allow someone to cross the road before turning right.

FHP said the truck failed to stop and hit the back of the bus.

There were 48 children on the bus at the time of the crash, according to the Hernando County school district. Those not taken to the hospital were put on another bus to school.

The bus was from Winding Waters K-8 in Weeki Wachee.

Troopers say the road is expected to be closed for several hours.

Credit: Florida Highway Patrol

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