Escambia County, FL- Sixteen Pensacola High School students were injured Thursday afternoon when a dump truck slammed into a school bus, knocking it over on its side and trapping students inside.

The accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of West Jordan Street and Pave Boulevard. The Pensacola News-Journal reports that a dump truck blew through a red light and slammed into the left rear of the loaded school bus.

The impact of the collision knocked the bus on its side, causing it to strike a utility pole before coming to rest on its side. Numerous students were trapped inside as emergency crews and parents struggle to free them.

Sixteen students and the bus driver were injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment. The Pensacola News Journal reports that two of the accident victims suffered severe injuries. The rest of the injuries were moderate to mild.

Police are still investigating the accident. There has been now word one whether the 33-eyar-old man driving the truck will be charged.

This truck accident, like so many others, were caused by the driver’s recklessness. While we don’t know why the driver ran the red light in this particular accident, experience teaches us that such collisions are caused by speeding, fatigue, distracted driving or intoxication. In rare instances such accidents can be attributed to a failing brakes or other mechanical problems, but that this less common than driver error.

In the aftermath of an accident, the victims have plenty to worry about. They worry if their loved one will recover and how they are going to cover the costs resulting from their accident. They most likely know they are eligible for compensation, but don’t know how to go about getting the amount they deserve. Victims of truck accidents or their surviving family members will benefit from consulting with a truck accident lawyer in Escambia County as soon as possible. They will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and will be honest with you about your case.

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