Saturday, January 30, 2016

William Rivera Dies In Crash With Bus

LABELLE, FL. -- William Rivera died at 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning in a crash with a bus in southern Hendry county a half mile north of the Collier county line.

A 2006 Toyota Sienna driven by William R. Cruz Rivera, 22, of Felda was southbound on SR 29. An International bus driven by Rufino Guzman Ortiz, 52 of Immokalee was northbound on SR 29.

For unknown reason, Rivera crossed the center line into the northbound lane. Ortiz attempted to avoid a collision by steering to the right. The front left of the Toyota collided with the front left of the bus.

Due to the collision, the Toyota rotated counter clockwise and came to final rest facing north in the roadway. The bus continued in a northwesterly direction across the southbound lane and into the ditch and continued through the ditch and collided with a barbed wire fence and metal gate.

The bus came to final rest facing northwest in a cow pasture on the west side of the road. There were 35 passengers in the bus ranging in age from 19 to 61 and all were from Immokalee.

There were no injuries on the bus, said the FHP.

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