11 hurt when bus crashes into SUV, catches fire near Animal Kingdom

ORLANDO, FL (WESH)  – Eleven people were hospitalized Saturday after a bus collided with an SUV and both vehicles caught on fire near Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Troopers say the driver of the SUV, identified as 36-year-old Megan Hester-Villalobos, of Groveland, was headed south in the northbound lanes of Sherbeth Road and hit the bus. A fire erupted. Video from an onlooker shows flames and thick smoke billowing from the crash site and the ensuing clamor as first responders raced toward the scene.

The driver, an adult male passenger and a child were inside the SUV and were all taken to a hospital. Eight of 16 people from the bus were also taken to a hospital.

Troopers said the injuries range from minor to serious.

The FHP said the bus is owned by Super Transportation of Florida LLC.

It’s not clear why the driver of the SUV was driving in the wrong direction, according to the FHP, but charges are pending.

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