Two hospitalized after car slams into bus - FOX 13 News

Two hospitalized after car slams into bus

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

St. Petersburg police say one person is critical and another seriously injured after a crash involving a tour bus and another car.

According to police, the Hartland Tour Bus was northbound on 34th Street S approaching 22nd Avenue S when a white Buick turned left in front of the bus and the vehicles collided.  

The view from SkyFOX showed the bus pulled over to the side of the road with only minor damage. However, the Buick suffered heavy damage.

An elderly woman driving the car was taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a trauma alert. Initial word from the scene was that she had died, but police later upgraded her condition.

"We were told earlier that the elderly woman driver had 'coded' and died at the hospital, but now we have been told that the medical team at Bayfront Medical Center brought her back.  So she is still alive, but still not expected to survive her injuries," spokesman Bill Proffitt explained.

An elderly man, who was the passenger in the Buick, was also hospitalized, but he is expected to survive his injuries.

A Cocker Spaniel dog that was loose in the back seat of the Buick also suffered minor injuries and will be handed over to the SPCA for interim care.

The 41 people on the bus, all from Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota, were baseball players and coaches in town for a tournament.  None were hurt.

All northbound and westbound traffic at 22nd Avenue South and 34th Street South, U.S. 19, were blocked off for hours, but the intersection is now open.

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