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Crash flips school bus with students on board

TAMPA, Florida - An accident flipped over a Hillsborough County School District bus on the last day of school.  Four people -- including two students -- were inside at the time, but no one was seriously injured.

According to Tampa Police, the school bus driver was going east bound along Palm Avenue and the driver of an Acura TSX was heading north on Nebraska Avenue. Investigators believe the car's driver ran the red light and slammed into the bus. The impact sent the bus skidding 50 feet, before it flipped over onto its roof.

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10-year-old Dereck Santiago and his brother were the only students on board.

"I thought it was a dream. I thought I was, like, sleeping... and it was real. I was like, 'Wow,'" said Dereck.

A father of three who lives nearby, Derrick Ware, heard the crash and ran out to help.

"That's a scary sight to see a bus flip over, and it had kids on the bus," said Ware.

Ware said the children, along with a bus attendant, were already out when he got there. He then helped pull the bus driver to safety.

The intersection was closed for a few hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

According to Tampa Police, one of the children on the bus was taken to a hospital by a parent, as a precaution. School district officials said the bus attendant was also taken to a hospital as a precaution. The driver of the Acura was also uninjured.

There's no word on any charges at this time.

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