TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Three kids and two adults were hit by a vehicle at a school bus stop Thursday morning in Tampa.
All five people were transported to local hospitals, one child is in critical condition, according to a Tampa Police Department spokesperson.
The crash happened around 8:10 a.m. at 16th Street and Bougainvillea Avenue. Parents were waiting for the school bus with their kids when they were hit by a car driving at a high rate of speed.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan described the scene as chaotic. When emergency crews arrived there were injured people with shoes and backpacks scattered around. Dugan estimated the children are between 6 and 12 years old..
He said the driver remained at the scene after hitting the children. He is being detained by police.
Dugan said investigators are trying to figure out what happened. “There are a lot of moving parts… we are piecing everything together,” he said.
Dugan said the accident shows how life can change in an instant. “Hours ago, they were trick or treating. Now, they’re at the hospital,” he said of the children who were injured.
The children attend Woodson K-8 school on North 22nd Street.
A Tampa Fire Rescue truck that was responding to the crash was involved in a crash at Nebraska and E Bougainvillea Avenue. Three people, including two first responders were transported to a local hospital.
A TFR spokesperson said the accident happened when the fire truck was navigating through traffic on Nebraska Avenue.