• Semitruck driver may be charged in DeLand crash involving school bus


    DELAND, Fla. - A man was critically injured in an accident involving a school bus, a vehicle, and an overturned semitruck on Paradise and West New York avenues in DeLand Friday afternoon.

    Florida Highway Patrol troopers said there were 14 Woodward Avenue Elementary School students on the bus, and two of them suffered minor injuries.

    Troopers originally said no students were hurt, but about an hour after the crash, they confirmed two children were injured and one was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

    According to FHP, the semitruck driver, Jorge Ruizm, was heading eastbound on New York Avenue, and a 37-year-old Umatilla man was driviing his Toyota  in front of the semitruck.

    They said the school bus had stopped westbound on New York and Paradise avenues  to drop off students.

    The driver of the Toyota stopped for the bus, but Ruizm didn't have to enough to time to make a full stop, troopers said.

    The semitruck pushed the Toyota across the travel lanes and into the the bus's path. The right side of the Toyota struck the front of the bus.

    The driver of the Toyota, whose name has not been released, was brought to Halifax Medical Center in critical condition.

    Ruizm suffered minor injuries.

    School officials said most of the students were picked up by another bus, while a couple were picked up by their parents.

    "I'm terrified. I have a 5-year-old and a 9-year-old. I'm shaking, I'm scared," said paretns Jennifer Yarian.

    FHP may charge Ruizm in the crash.

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