Multiple injuries reported in school bus crash on I-595

14 children, 4 adults taken to hospitals

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Samantha Bryant - Reporter

DAVIE, Fla. - More than a dozen children were injured in a crash involving a school bus Friday morning on Interstate 595 in Davie.

The crash occurred in the eastbound lanes just before the University Drive exit.

"There appears to be speed involved from what I've seen of video in the  crash. There was substantial damage to the other three cars and minor damage to the school bus," Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alvaro Feola said. 

Feola said 14 children and four adults were taken to area hospitals, including Broward Health Medical Center and Plantation General Hospital.

"A few kids had neck injuries or their back hurt a little bit,  but it could've been a lot worse. The bus driver did a amazing job of keeping us safe," student Alexander Mendez said.  

Feola confirmed that no serious injuries were reported. 

"We were just riding and then I just heard the girls in the front of the bus start screaming. And then, the next thing I hear is just, like, the glass shatter, and then I just see the car roll by on the right side of the bus," student Nicholas Vazquez said. "It was just kind of insane. At first, my heart was just racing and I didn't even know what was happening. And so, yeah, it was just pretty crazy."

A view from Sky 10 appeared to show just one lane getting by as emergency vehicles blocked the lanes.

Feola said the bus involved in the crash was from World of Kids Transportation. The children were being taken to West Pines Community Church. 

A church spokesman said 15 of the injured were affiliated with the church's mission camp.

"We are grateful to God that these students are safe and are praying for everyone affected by the accident," the spokesman said in a statement. 

Families of those involved in the crash may call Feola at 954-242-3340 for reunification information.

Authorities said the uninjured students were taken to the Signature Grand at 6900 State Road 84.

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