Pickup detaches from tow truck, hits school bus on I-295

School bus passenger, 69, injured in crash near Pritchard Road

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A pickup detached from a tow truck and hit two vehicles, including a school bus, Friday afternoon on northbound Interstate 295 between Pritchard Road and U.S. 1, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers responded to the crash about 1:30 p.m.

According to the Highway Patrol, a tow truck, which was transporting a Ford F-150, was traveling behind a school bus and a Ford Explorer. 

As the SUV and the school bus came to a stop behind other traffic, troopers said, the driver of the tow truck braked to avoid hitting the back of the bus and the sudden stop caused the Ford F-150 to become detached from the tow truck, striking the bus and the SUV.

Troopers said a 69-year-old woman, who was a passenger on the school bus, suffered minor injuries, but there were no children on the bus at the time. No other injuries were reported.

I-295 - Bus crash Facebook photo 2

Photos from the scene show the elevated rear of the F-150 embedded in the back corner of the bus.

Florida Department of Transportation cameras showed the bus off to the side of northbound lanes, and a significant backup of northbound traffic on I-295.

The crash was finally cleared and traffic returned to normal about 3 p.m.

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate.

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