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No students present in school bus accident

LAKE PLACID- There were no students present in a Highlands County school bus when it was involved in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon, where the other driver suffered minor injuries, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The accident took place at the intersection of State Road 70 and Placid Lakes Boulevard at 4 p.m., a FHP report states. The school bus driver, Edward J. Buss, 69, of Lake Placid, had stopped for a stop sign on South Jefferson Avenue, facing north, the FHP states. Charles C. Blanton, 61, a Lakeland resident, was traveling north across State Road 70 in a 2009 GMC Sierra and was going to enter northbound Placid Lakes Boulevard, the FHP adds.
Blanton was going west on S.R. 70, the FHP states, when Buss failed to yield for the Sierra while crossing S.R. 70, the FHP report states. The front of the Sierra collided with the front right side of the school bus, the report states. The bus came to a final stop on the western grassy shoulder of Placid Lakes Boulevard while the Sierra stopped in the southbound lane of the road, facing northwest, the report adds. Both the drivers were wearing seat belts and alcohol was not involved, the report adds. Blanton received minor injuries, the FHP adds. The Highlands County School District's Transportation Director David Solomon said he has not received the full report but believes both the vehicles had extensive damage.