Two people are dead after their car slammed into a charter bus packed with students and burst into flames.
The accident happened just before midnight across from Dillard High School at NW 27th Avenue and 11th Street.
The bus, with 35 students onboard, was returning from a trip to Tallahassee. The bus had just dropped some students off at the school and was leaving the parking lot when it was hit. One student and an adult on the bus suffered minor injuries.
Witnesses were able to pull one of the men out of the car. Police say one of the men died in the crash, the other died at the hospital. Both men were fathers, one had a 6-year-old daughter.
Family members and friends of the two men said they have no idea what caused the crash.
They said the 41-year-old driver of the car and his 37-year-old passenger were coming home from watching a basketball game at a friend’s house.
“How do you explain this to a 6-year-old that her father is no longer here. And also the driver, you know, had lots of kids. I can’t speak on how many, but he had kids as well that are in this area. So every day that we drive over here to see family we are going to remember this,” said Brandon Wright, a cousin to the 37-year-old man who died.
Police have not said if alcohol was involved, but the person who hosted the party the men were at said the driver had not been drinking.