• Officials: School bus crashes into tree after driver struck by flagpole

    By: Jason Kelly


    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A school bus crashed into a tree Tuesday morning after its driver was struck in the head with a flagpole near New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County Schools said.

    The school district said 30 New Smyrna Beach High School students were aboard the bus when it crashed at Tatum Boulevard and Acee Drive near West Park Avenue and Air Park Road.

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    The bus driver told a student to secure a flagpole similar to one used during football games by the school's flag corps, school officials said.

    The flagpole accidentally struck the bus driver in the head while the student was trying to secure it, causing him to lose control and crash into the tree.

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    The bus was badly damaged, but the students were uninjured.

    The bus driver received minor injuries from the flagpole.

    Another bus was sent to the crash scene to take the children to school.

    The crash remains under investigation.

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