Donald M. Loose, 80, Navarre, was charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with careless driving after he fell asleep Wednesday afternoon and hit the back of a school bus carrying 34 children.
The vehicles were both traveling north on Edgewood Dr when bus driver John S. Willoughby, 55, Navarre, stopped to let some children off. FHP says Loose failed to stop and hit the back of the bus. No children were injured. Loose reportedly awoke upon impact. He was not injured, according to FHP.
The Navarre accident was the second this week involving school buses.
Four students were brought to West Florida Hospital Monday morning for minor injuries after their bus was rear-ended by a Pace woman in Pensacola.
Around 9 a.m. Monday, the bus, driven by Barbara Jeane Rogers, 53, Pensacola, was traveling west on U.S. 90 near Campus Drive. The yellow warning lights activated on the bus and it began slowing to a stop.
Following behind the bus was Kelly Marie O’Brien, 38, Pace, in a 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser. O’Brien didn’t see the bus slowing down, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports, and hit the back of the bus.
There were a total of 22 students on the bus at the time of collision; however, only four were reported to have sustained minor injuries, according to FHP.
All four were transported to West Florida Hospital for treatment.
O’Brien was charged with careless driving, no insurance and driving while license suspended.