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SUV driver injured in Gandy Bridge crash with school bus

A Tampa man was injured Wednesday morning when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle on Gandy Bridge and collided with a privately owned school bus, authorities said.

No passengers were on the bus during the crash, which occurred about 8:20 a.m. in the bridge’s eastbound lanes and backed up traffic into Tampa for about two hours.

Jorge Cisneros, 38, the driver of a 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, had to be extricated from his SUV by St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The bus driver, Bruce Frankford, 69, of St. Petersburg, was treated and released at the scene, authorities said.

About three miles west of St. Petersburg, east of the center span, the Hyundai was in the inside lane and the bus, operated by Assured Transportation, of Bradenton, was in the outside lane, the highway patrol said.

Cisneros attempted to change lanes but lost control of the vehicle, and it rotated into the path of the bus, the patrol said. Frankford tried to avoid the collision, but the front of the bus struck the driver’s side of the Hyundai, the patrol said.

According to weather radar, a thunderstorm was over the bridge at the time.

Cisneros, of Tampa, was cited for making an improper lane change, according to a highway patrol report.

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