TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- A motorcoach operated by Dolphin Transportation Company of Naples, carrying 43 passengers, was involved in a fatal crash with another vehicle, just before 3:20 a.m. on eastbound I-10 at mile marker 199.
Florida Highway Patrol says a 22-year-old woman from Lakeland was killed when she drove her Ford Taurus the wrong way on the interstate and collided with the bus.
Mike Riley, the Public Information Officer for Charlotte County Schools, said six teens from the Charlotte County Technical Center were on the bus. One of them was taken to the hospital for a shoulder x-ray. The others were unharmed. 34 students were from the Lorenzo Walker Techincal School in Collier County. None of the students were seriously injured.
Dolphin Transportation issued a statement saying as many as 50 people in total were on the motorcoach, and 17 people, including the driver, sustained injuries. The driver, Johnny Brutus, from Naples was the most seriously hurt and he will require surgery later today to repair a broken foot. The others have been treated and released from Tallahassee area hospitals.
Dolphin Transportation was returning students home to Collier County from Pensacola after competing at a USA Skills Competition.
The students are expected back to southwest Florida around 8pm.