Student, 8, hospitalized after school bus crashes into overturned semi-trailer

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Published September 14 2018
Updated September 14 2018

PLANT CITY — An 8-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday morning after a school bus he was riding was involved in a crash with a semi-trailer on State Road 60, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The bus was carrying only the one student, who attends Knights Elementary School, the Hillsborough County School Board said.

The crash occurred around 6:10 a.m. at the intersection with Horton Road after the bus, driven by 72-year-old Phyllis Meachum, pulled in front of a semi-trailer hauling lime rock, causing its driver to swerve and lose control, troopers said.

Troopers say the semi-trailer then overturned across the eastbound lanes of State Road 60, which was then hit by the front of the school bus.

Neither the driver of the semi-trailer, 42-year-old Benjamin Alfonso, nor Meachum suffered injuries.

The student was transported to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Troopers say a 2016 Toyota Carolla driven by Johanes Dwelley, 31, suffered damage after driving on the shoulder of the road to avoid a crash. Dwelley was not injured.

Meachum, a bus driver for the school board since June 2012, was issued a citation from troopers for a violation of right-of-way.

The crash temporarily closed all eastbound lanes on State Road 60 near Horton Road and all but one westbound lane on State Road 60, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.