BETHLEHEM – An early morning accident involving a Holmes County School District school bus has left an off-duty Florida Highway Patrolman in serious condition at a Dothan hospital.
According to a report from FHP there were nine children on the bus. None of the students displayed any noticeable injuries.
At 7 a.m. on December 4, a bus driven by Crystal Johnson, 61, of Bonifay, was traveling westbound on County Road 160 where it came to a stop at the intersection of County Road 177 when a 1996 Ford Ranger, driven by FHP officer Jason French, 42, also of Bonifay, was traveling northbound on County Road 177.
The bus began to make a left turn onto County Road 177 which violated the right of way belonging to French.
The front of French’s truck collided with the left side of the bus at the rear axle. The bus then came to a final stop facing south which blocked to southbound lane of County Road 177.
French’s truck rotated counter-clockwise where it came to final rest facing westward, blocking the northbound lane of County Road 177. French was transported with serious injuries to Flower's in Dothan.
EMS was on scene where the students were checked out and then walked across the street to school.
Alcohol was not found to be a factor in the crash and Johnson, who also did not sustain any injuries, was charged with violation of right of way from a stop sign.
We will update this story should more information become available.