Four people were seriously injured and two more sustained minor injuries when a passenger bus and van collided on Wednesday on US 41 and NW Moore Road in Columbia County.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) release, a 34-year-old Jacksonville woman was driving a 2020 Ford parts delivery van west on NW Moore Road toward US 41 at 12:34 p.m. when she crossed in front of a passenger bus on US 41. The passenger bus, being driven by a 64-year-old Live Oak woman, was struck and overturned onto its right side.
After the collision, both vehicles caught fire and four people in the passenger bus – a 75-year-old Live Oak man, a 69-year-old Live Oak man, a 51-year-old Branford woman and a 71-year-old Hollywood man – were seriously injured. Both drivers involved sustained minor injuries.
Emergency responders transported three of the seriously injured passengers to Lake City Medical Center and one seriously injured passenger to UF Shands Hospital.
The parts delivery van driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way.