Children injured in crash at bus stop - FOX 13 News

Children injured in crash at bus stop

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(Savannah Williams. Photo: Kim Kuizon/FOX 13 News) (Savannah Williams. Photo: Kim Kuizon/FOX 13 News)
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Six-year-old Savannah Williams thought she was going to school, but she wound up at the hospital.

"We saw light flashing and we didn't see no truck," she said. "I don't remember anything else."

A Florida Highway Patrol report fills in the blanks. Troopers said 69-year-old Louis Stephen was driving down State Road 62 as the school bus was picking up Hilltop Elementary School students.

The report said he told them he saw flashing lights, but thought they were from an intersection further down the road.

As he got closer, it was too late to stop. To avoid hitting the bus, he swerved right into the students.

"I was under the truck and I crawled out of the truck," Savannah said.

Williams was fairly lucky.

"I have a bruise right here, and it's swollen right here, and my knee was bleeding right here," she pointed out.

She and an 8-year-old boy walked away with minor injuries.

But another classmate was seriously hurt. Savannah's mom described what she saw.

"I ran out here to find out what was going on there was another little girl laying on the ground she was bleeding from her ears her mouth," said Ciana Michel.

Jerry Welch knew something was not right.

"Whenever that chopper flies over, you can bet somebody has had a wreck somewhere, because that's about the only time we hear it," he said.

But, he never imagined his niece Calin Skipper was in that chopper.

"She is just a little skinny blond headed thing, pretty playful, she is a fun loving child," he said.

She was flown to Tampa General Hospital. Welch said she has a broken ear bone and a fractured pelvis.

"The rest of us are just waiting getting little bits of news here and there," he said.

Stephen is charged with failure to stop for a school bus. Calin's uncle told FOX 13 News she will have surgery Friday morning for her injuries.

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