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Seven injured in church bus crash outside Arcadia

Posted at 2:43 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 18:56:22-05

DeSOTO COUNTY, Fla. -- Seven people, including a 3-year-old child, were injured Monday morning when a church bus crashed into a ditch south of Arcadia.

It happened just before 8 a.m. on U.S. 17 near the intersection with SW Wood Street.

Florida Highway Patrol says the bus was headed northbound when its front right tire blew out, sending the bus into a ditch along the highway and into a wire mesh fence.

A total of 20 people were on the bus at the time. Five of them, including the child, were taken to DeSoto Memorial with non-life threatening injuries. Two others were taken to Bayfront Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.