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One dead after accident involving school bus

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One dead after accident involving school bus

By Lisa Greenberg. CREATED Aug 28, 2014

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A three vehicle accident involving a school bus left one dead and nine injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the accident at around 3 p.m. at the intersection of US-41 and Old 41. The bus was filled with Island Coast High Shool students when an SUV struck it. 

Florida Highway Patrol officials say 68-year-old Robert Frost died in the crash.

"With all of the emergency vehicles, and they were passing me as I was coming down 41, I knew it had been a pretty serious accident," Michael Case said.

Case works at Classic Auto Restoration Specialists, right near the crash site.

He said he saw the aftermath while he was on his way in to work.

"As I turned on the road, I could see all of the lights down there, plus all of the traffic starting to slow down," Case told Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a Chevy SUV stopped behind traffic at the intersection of US-41 and Old 41. Then the bus stopped behind it. That's when a third car, a Toyota Highlander, driven by Robert Frost, struck the back of the bus.

"If I was a parent and had a child on that bus, I'd be extremely concerned," Case said.

And 32 students were on board.

"Eight of those children were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with minor injuries," FHP Lt. Greg Bueno said.

So was the bus driver.

The couple in the first car was not injured.

Frost was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital,  but later died from his injuries.

FHP said speed may have played a role.

"It was a significant impact, no question," Lt. Bueno said.

Case said what happened on this road doesn't surprise him.

"Most people coming up and down this road are commuting, going someplace to someplace. So, because of that, they're trying to get there as quickly as possible," he said.

But troopers said that's all the more reason drivers need to pay attention.

"The speed limits are out here for a reason, for us all to abide by and play by the same rule book. So that we don't have unfortunate instances like today," Lt. Bueno said.

Investigators said the driver of the Highlander was not wearing a seatbelt.