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School Bus Crash Critically Injures One Person, Cortez and Mckethan Road

UPDATE: 11:39 – The injured driver has been identified as 53-year-old Donald Mark Dornfelt of Trilby, Florida. He remains in Critical Condition.

BROOKSVILLE – One person suffered critical injuries after a school bus struck another vehicle on Cortez Blvd.

Sources say a Lincoln Continental pulled into the path of the school bus, as it was traveling eastbound on Cortez Blvd at the intersection of McKethan Road.

The bus was carrying 20 children from Springstead High School who were on their way to a field trip in Orlando.

There are no reports of injuries to the students or driver of the bus.

Mckethan Road is closed at the intersection at this time.

The florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

It should be noted that the daughter of RNRF Reporter Tom Lemons was aboard the school bus at the time of the crash.

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  • There have been so many bus related accidents lately it is hard to keep up with them all. I am happy that there were no serious injuries to the children, and I hope the Bus Driver has a complete recovery.

    Sunday, 14 January 2018, 8:43 am
  • Tom, thanking God that your daughter and all the kids are ok. Thank you for all the years of fair and honest reporting. If it were not for you, the public would not get Hernando news. Prayers for the driver of the car.

    Saturday, 13 January 2018, 4:39 pm
  • Sending prayers to all involved

    Saturday, 13 January 2018, 8:03 am
  • Is the BLUR the guy still in the car???
    I hope not!!!

    Saturday, 13 January 2018, 3:40 am
  • I’m glad that no one on that bus was hurt. Happy your daughter is safe Tom. Prayers for the injured man.

    Saturday, 13 January 2018, 12:08 am
  • I was one of the students on the bus as well, I busted my lip but luckily everyone on the bus was safe and physically unharmed. Keeping the other driver in my prayers.

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 10:56 pm
  • Thank you Tom, without your reporting we would not get any news about this county. If some of you have nothing nice to say about RNRF then why are you reading and following his posts. If you don’t like the way he reports, you should get out there and report the news. Once again thank you Tom. Keep up the good work.

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 9:15 pm
  • Tom I would like to thank you for keeping us up to date on local happenings , as for the negative comments take it from where it comes .. thank you again

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 7:49 pm
  • To all you Do gooders. Tom owns this site. He busts his A$$ to get us the news as it happens. I feel so bad for all the parents and children,as I’m sure Tom does. It seems that all some of you can do is get out of bed each day to make someone else feel bad. Get a life jerks. and for god sakes Tom I’m so glad that your daughter along with the other children and driver,were not seriously hurt. Saying prayers for all involved. Nuff Said!

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 7:05 pm
    • Marty thank God that still people like you out there because half of the people that post on this site on nothing but jokes I couldn’t have said it better you said it the way it should have been said

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 8:09 pm
      • TY Reg Joe! I say what is in my heart. God Bless you <3

        Saturday, 13 January 2018, 12:12 pm
  • I was a student on the bus. All of us are fine just a little shaken up. Just keep the man in the car in your prayers. I don’t know his conditions. Thank you all!

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 6:04 pm
    • Josh, thank you for letting us know everyone ok, of course those of us who pray will in fact pray for the injured man, You young man are a great testimony to the young people who has been raised right, by kind l8ng parents. Good luck to you in your future,

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 6:54 pm
  • Its not important that tom lemons daughter was on that bus. Who cares? Whats more important is, is the guy who pulled in front of the bus okay?? Whats going to be processed about the scene and what is going to happen to the guy that was hit? Yes it matters how the teenagers are but to point out one kid? Just cause its the “reporters” kid?? Guy just wants the popularity of the situation.

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 5:07 pm
    • Good grief another uncaring jealous prrson. We who have respect for Tom and what he does care about how upset he must have been for all involved, but especially for his daughter. The driver hopefully will be ok, but quite sure he will and should face charges ( he or she). So I will tell you like I told Don, hope u have no kids, go do something nice for someone or go play in traffic idc. Jerk

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 5:41 pm
    • I thought the same thing Cheyenne, I didn’t think that “note” was important as long as everyone involved is ok. Unfortunately, I personally know the driver of the Lincoln and he is not in good shape. Many prayers are needed. All lives should matter, not just daughter’s of famous people.

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 6:57 pm
      • Did any of you happen to noticed that Tom reported all info before saying something about his daughter?? AND if it wasn’t for his daughter being on that bus we might not have known about this accident. So until you starting reporting on Hernando’s news shut up and keep sitting behind your computer with all your opinions.

        Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 9:32 am
    • Cheyenne words can’t even describe what I’m thinking right now about your post.

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 8:13 pm
    • Wow…i care because like you and anyone else who is posting here on this site must also be reading what’s on this site. We are able to do this because Tom does so much to go out of his way putting himself in Jeopardy in many ways. So do we care about the person who brings us news everyday, yes! It’s his daughters safety and well-being of the utmost importance to down , yes it is. So should it not be important to us who appreciate Tom, yes it is.
      Tom, thank you for continuing to get the news out to us… in spite of the fact one of your loved ones was part of that news. That could have been enough reason for us not to hear about this until much later. However, You, Tom still managed to get it to us, as quick as usual. Thank you again!!

      Sunday, 14 January 2018, 3:53 am
  • Sorry about that Tom. Glad the kids and driver are ok.

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:50 pm
  • DON, HONESTLY DOES IT REALLY MATTER TOWN CAR / CONTINENTAL,BEETLE, CAMARO, AND BEING TOM IS OWNER /AUTHOR OF R.N.R.F. CAN’T HE POST WHAT HE CHOOSES! WOW! W.T.F.? LET US ALL KNOW PLEASE WHERE THIS PERFECT MISTAKE FREE WORLD IT IS YOU LIVE IN SO WE CAN BE PURRFECT TOO! LIKE OH THE CAR HIT IT WAS GRAY, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PER (DON) IT WAS PEUTER! REALLY?

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:48 pm
  • 1ST AND MOST IMPORTANT…………..TOM, I HOPE YOUR DAUGHTER AND ALL THE KIDS ON BOARD ARE IN GOOD HEALTH! JUST A REGULAR JOE WELL SAID TO THAT ( JACK WAGON) ALSO TO ALL OF YOU STEREOTYPES! SHUT THE FREAK UP! SHUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT UP! I’M NATIVE FLORIDIAN AND ALL ARE CREATED EQUAL,THERE ARE ARSES AND GOOD / BAD PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD! IF YOU STEREOTYPE? YOUR THE SAME AS A RACISTS! SHUT UP! BYE NOW……………

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:21 pm
  • Tom’ Is your daughter and the other students and bus driver all ok? Prayers for all involved.

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:12 pm
  • Some of the comments are so asinine , can’t cure stupid and proven fact you can not control the words that come from some of these assholes keyboards…….

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:08 pm
    • A drug that’s great from now on I’m going to refer to the bizarre and crazy the uncaring and the downright stupid comments that people put on a post two keyboard he just gave me that’s great

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 8:16 pm
  • Nothing but a bunch of idiots out there if you can see a big yellow bus you Should turn in your license always in a big hurry to get nowhere

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 3:56 pm
  • That is a Lincoln town car. Not continental.

    And why should it “be noted that the daughter of RNRF Reporter Tom Lemons was aboard the school bus at the time of the crash.”?

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 3:29 pm
      • First hand witness to tell about what happened inside the bus.

        Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:26 pm
      • Tom, why do people have to be bastards? hope your daughter is ok

        Friday, 12 January 2018, 5:01 pm
      • Thank you for IDing your daughter. I’m sure it put a lot of parents minds at easy knowing which children were on the bus without having to ID them. As a parent, and after seeing the aftermath of the crash, I would have been greatful.

        Friday, 12 January 2018, 5:16 pm
    • I would guess he couldn’t interview the students to what they witnesses. But his own daughter could tell what she knows. If he quoted her it would be a student involved in the crash. Do people join his site just to attack or was it really a legitimate question?

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:17 pm
    • Don, don’t be such a jerk. It was a lincoln, who cares which kind. Children and bus driver could have been hurt, as well.. Guess you have no children ( hope u don’t ) I am sure every parent was upset when getting the news! Tom can pretty well say anything he wants, his daughter was on it and he owns the Web site and surely knew this happened before any other parent. How scary is that for him? Yet he is still out there making an honest living.. Glad everyone ok, hope driver recovers. NOW DON, go do something nice for someone, or play in traffic, idc, you have no compassion and I suspect jealous of Tom. Bye now. Kudos Tom for all you do.!,

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 4:24 pm
    • i agree with your notes. sloppy and too personal.

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 5:22 pm
  • Tom i hope your daughter and everyone on the bus are ok.

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 3:27 pm
  • Tom I hope your daughter is okay and everybody is safe on the bus keep up the great work

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 2:05 pm
  • OMG, that had to be horrible for your daughter Tom and for the driver of that car. This is one horrific looking impact. I’m glad the students and the bus driver are ok, though I’m pretty sure they’re gonna be sore the next few days. Prayers to everyone <3

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 2:03 pm
  • Prayers for your daughter, Tom and all her friends

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 1:55 pm
  • Prayers for all

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 1:29 pm
  • Lol blame a snow bird. I’ve seen these buses cut ppl off and drive like assholes with kids on them.

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:13 pm
    • The driver of the car either pulled in front of the bus or ran a light. It wasn’t the bus driver’s fault.

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 8:58 pm
  • Another snowbird who cant and shouldnt be driving

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 11:50 am
    • Stupid and ignorant comment….

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:09 pm
    • We know it is a snowbird how ??????????

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:48 pm
      • You are incorrect. He is a member of the community, a hard worker at a local grocery store, his dog was with him and nearly died as well, he is a father and a caregiver for his wife who is not in good health. I certainly wish people would stop focusing on speculations and all and be thankful ALL the children are ok, and pray that the driver of the car can be saved. Where is this worlds compassion gone? and how can we argue and fight over stupid things like what kind of freaking car it is. ❤

        Friday, 12 January 2018, 7:09 pm
        • BEA , AMEN . THANK YOU !

          Saturday, 13 January 2018, 8:51 am
    • Now how do you know this person was a snowbird get real..

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:49 pm
    • How do you know its a snowbird? Could have been some young punk who inherited Gramps car.

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 12:51 pm
      • MAYBE EVEN A YOUNG PERSON THAT HAS A DECENT JOB AND BAOUGHT IT AS WELL ???????????

        Saturday, 13 January 2018, 11:59 am
    • Hey Ben if you use your head and you took a look at the picture I don’t think that person will be driving or is going to be able to drive just by the looks of the picture maybe you want to go to Walmart and buy a bottle of compassion rub it on 3 times a day it works great

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 2:02 pm
    • How do you know it’s a snowbird driving it could a Floridian driving regardless where they are from it’s an accident and maybe you should try and have a little compassion for the injured people

      Friday, 12 January 2018, 3:15 pm
  • Prayers for all..

    Friday, 12 January 2018, 11:45 am

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