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Accident Report Detail

School Bus Loss of Control and Rollover, on Interstate 10

Executive Summary

​About 9:30 a.m. on Thursday May 28, 2008, a 2002 Bluebird/International 65-passenger school bus operated by the Okaloosa County School District, transporting 14 third-grade students, 3 adult passengers, and the 60-year-old bus driver on a school-sponsored field trip, was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 (I-10). Also known as Florida State Route 8 at the accident location, I-10 is a two-way, four-lane divided highway, approximately 10 miles east of Milton, Florida. The school bus had departed from the Walker Elementary School and was en route to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the Milton, Florida, accident was the school bus driver’s failure, for undetermined reasons, to maintain her traffic lane, which resulted in the bus being struck from behind when it drifted into the left lane and into the path of an oncoming faster-moving vehicle. Injury severity was mitigated by the use of lap belts.

Accident Location: Milton , FL    
Accident Date: 5/28/2008
Accident ID: HWY08FH018

Date Adopted: 11/12/2009
NTSB Number: HAB-09-03
NTIS Number:  

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