Elderly Man Dead Following Crash With School Bus in Walton County

An elderly man has died following a crash involving a school bus in Walton County.

MyPanhandle.com reports that the victim, a 75-year-old man from Freeport, died following the crash which occurred at Highway 331 and Hawthorne Road. The school bus had been traveling north on U.S. Highway 331 when the bus’s driver suddenly began to cross into the southbound lanes, into the path of two pickup trucks.

The bus collided with both pickups, striking the first then traveling some distance before striking the second pickup. The force of the impact pushed the second pickup off the road, killing the truck’s 75-year-old driver. The driver of the first truck was not seriously injured in the crash.

Rescue workers transported the school bus driver to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. One theory is that the bus driver may have suffered a medical emergency preceding the crash. 

The bus was carrying 29 students at the time of the crash. The students only received minor injuries.

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