CITRA, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol has identified a 13-year-old girl who died in a Marion County school bus crash.
Frances M. Schee died Tuesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer rear-ended her school bus and both vehicles caught on fire.
Schee was a middle school student.
About 21 students and a driver were aboard the bus. Eight were injured — two critically — and all were taken to area hospitals.
Officials said both drivers were also taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol says charges against the driver, 30-year-old Reinaldo Gonzalez of Orlando, are pending.
The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 301 near 155th Street in Marion County.
Television shots showed the cab of the tractor-trailer had burned completely, while the back of the bus had flame damage.
Earlier this month, a chain-reaction crash southeast of Tallahassee involving a school bus, minivan and cement mixer truck killed an 8-year-old girl and injured seven other children and the van driver.