In a Florida community a couple of hours north of the Tampa Bay area, the driver of a semitrailer that crashed into a parked school bus full of children was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison. The accident took place in 2014 and injured seven children and the driver of the bus. The 37-year old truck driver recently pleaded guilty to four counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury but blamed the trucking company for failing to properly maintain the truck.
According to authorities, the semitrailer struck the school bus as it was slowing to drop off students. Police reported that the school bus had yellow lights flashing and the stop arm was extended when the semi truck struck it from behind. A police trooper testified that eight of the 10 brakes on the truck were defective, making it dangerous to be on the roadway. Records show that the truck driver's license had been suspended twice and that the truck driver had received five driving violations since 2007.