Authorities: 1 student dead in school bus crash

CITRA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say at least one student has died after a tractor-trailer rear-ended a school bus in a "very serious" accident in North Florida.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Pat Riordan says both vehicles caught on fire in the accident Tuesday. He says about 23 people
were aboard the bus, and 17 students have been accounted for.

The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 301 near 155th Street in
Marion County. It was unclear what school the bus from.

Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jimmy Pogue says multiple students were injured, calling it a "very serious" accident.

Television shots show the cab of the tractor-trailer had burned completely, while the back of the bus had flame damage.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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