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Six injured in GoBus, mini-van accident

ANDERSON CO., May 7, 2014— A two-vehicle collision between a GoBus and a mini-van resulted in several being treated for injuries, including three small children.

The accident occurred on Monday, at 5:00 p.m., according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Leonard Sandifer. Both vehicles were travelling southbound on State Highway 19, north of Palestine, with the mini-van travelling behind the GoBus. The driver of the GoBus, Victoria Sweet, age 52, of Larue, slowed to make a left turn onto CR 413, and the driver of the mini-van, Jose Landeverda, of Montalba, failed to slow, crashing into the back of the GoBus.

Landeverda was flown to Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler, where he was treated and later released. His wife and three small children were treated at Palestine Regional for minor injuries and released. Both adults were wearing safety belts and all three children were properly restrained.

Sweet was treated at Palestine Regional for minor injuries and released. A male passenger refused treatment, citing no injuries.

The GoBus sustained minor damage to the left rear end of the vehicle. The mini-van sustained heavy damage to the front of the vehicle, resulting in a total loss.

According to Trooper Sandifer, Landeverda was cited for Failure to Control Speed.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Trooper Sandifer about the accident. Click below for more.

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