WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Amber Soler hopped onto a Palm Tran bus and expected to go to college Monday morning. Instead, her bus collided with a white pickup truck and came to a screeching halt around 7:30 Monday morning.
Soler says the bus driver "... slammed on the brakes."
Several of Amber's fellow passengers were injured.
Soler explains, "There's one lady... she was sitting down and was thrown to the ground. And she kind of flew."
Police say the white pickup truck was heading north on 7th street onto Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard.
Officer Karl Seifel, a West Palm Beach Traffic Investigator, said, "We had conflicting stories. We don't know if he was trying to make a right turn or make a left turn. The bus was going eastbound on Palm Beach Lakes Blvd."
Police also say witnesses are giving conflicting information on who had the red light. Eastbound traffic on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard was diverted for about an hour-and-a-half. Rescuers tried to establish order.
Soler says, "They told us to stay until they had everything situated. Then they separated the people who were hurt."
Fourteen people were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The pickup truck had to be cut open so paramedics could get to the driver.
Now, investigators are trying to determine who was at fault. Even though another bus was offered to those who weren't injured, Amber preferred to just have her mom pick her up.
Investigators say they know that Palm Tran buses usually have cameras on the inside and outside. They're hoping that the bus involved in this crash did to help them with the investigation. Right now, the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
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