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School buses collide in Manatee County

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Bradenton, Florida -- Fifteen students were taken to the hospital after two school buses collided in Bradenton at Cortez Road and 40th Street W. on Monday afternoon.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a bus driven by 31-year-old Andrea Bell lawfully stopped on Cortez Road due to traffic congestion, when a second bus driven by 39-year-old Alfred Gibson struck it from behind.

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The children aboard the buses were from Moody Elementary School.

Gibson's bus had a total of 26 students on board at the time of the crash. Seven of them were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

Bell's bus had 48 students on board. Eight were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

Trooper Kenn Watson tells The Bradenton Herald that the driver of the bus that caused the collision will be cited for careless driving.

Watson says the crash threw children from their seats, and some were covered in broken glass.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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