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Woman killed in Dade City crash involving school bus

A 65-year-old Dade City woman died Wednesday afternoon when her vehicle was struck by a Pasco County school bus in Dade City, according to the Dade City Police Department.

Harian McDonald died at the scene of the 3 p.m. crash at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Morningside Drive, police said.

The Pasco County school bus had no children on board and was driven by Bonita Mayle, who was heading south on U.S. 301 when it rear-ended a 2008 Smart car that was stopped at a red traffic light at southbound U.S. 301, police said.

The Smart car driven by Patricia Austin, 61, of Dade City, was pushed by the impact into the center median of the intersection, police said.

At the same time, McDonald, who was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu, was heading east on Morningside Drive and entered the intersection. The school bus struck the driver’s side of McDonald’s car, police said.

A 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy, who were passengers in McDonald’s car, were taken to Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills for treatment, police said.

Austin was flown by emergency helicopter to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland.

Mayle and a school bus aide who was on the bus weren’t injured in the crash.

Alcohol or speeding don’t appear to be factors in the crash, police said.

No one has been charged at this time. The case remains under investigation, police said.

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