Authorities have determined that the driver of a school bus that was involved in a serious crash on Wednesday was at fault for the collision.
FristCoastNews.com reports that the driver, Dirk Molendyk, claims to have heard a loud popping noise before losing control of the bus as it traveled north on Jones Road in Jacksonville. Molendyk then veered into oncoming traffic and struck a Buick Rainier that was traveling in the opposite direction before running off the road and striking trees and a fence.
Two passengers aboard the bus suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to Wolfson Children's Hospital for treatment.
Molendyk says that that the bus suffered a blown-out tire which caused him to lose control of the vehicle, but authorities investigating the crash have determined that Molendyk was at fault.
In an investigation, First Coast News reportedly found several driving infractions on Molendyk’s driving history including three citations since 2016. The citations include careless driving resulting in a crash, speeding in a work or school zone, and failing to yield the right-of-way resulting in a crash.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious motor vehicle injury due to someone else's negligence, contact us today. We will lead you on the journey to justice. We will show you the way. We will explain the process, what we have done, and what we will do. Take our hand and walk with us. We have a team ready for you now.