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Student hurt getting on bus as it's hit

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UNION COUNTY, Fla. – A student suffered minor injuries when a car rear-ended his school bus in a chain-reaction crash while he getting onto the bus, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

State troopers said the school bus carrying 34 students was stopped in the westbound lane of State Road 100, picking up children in Union County just before 7 a.m.

Troopers said a Pontiac G6 was stopped directly behind the bus waiting while the children boarded. Troopers said the driver of a Honda Civic, 19-year-old Zachary Coursey, was distracted and failed to stop for the school bus.

The front of the Honda struck the rear of the Pontiac, causing the front of the Pontiac to collide with the rear of the school bus, troopers said.

Two students on the school bus had complaints of minor injuries and were picked up by their parents at the scene, troopers said.

Student Tyrese Strong, who was on the bus steps at the time of the crash, was taken to a hospital.

The right rear passenger of the Pontiac, 5-year-old Ayden Gorden, was taken to a hospital by his father with minor injuries.

The westbound lane of State Road 100 was blocked by the crash for about an hour-and-a-half.