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ORLANDO, FL – Five people were hurt Monday, February 14, in an early morning truck accident at a busy intersection in Orange County, Florida. The two vehicle crash involved a U.S. Post Office tractor trailer and a Disney tour bus and occurred on Boggy Creek Road in the Orlando metro region, just south of the Orlando International Airport. The accident area is in central Florida, about 100 miles from Tampa.

Early Monday morning 52 year old Wayne Earle of Palm Bay, FL was driving a semi trailer truck south on Boggy Creek Road. The driver was carrying a cargo for the U.S. Post Office at the time of the truck accident.

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At the same time, 50 year old Rockland Steel was driving a full size Disney Magical Express tour bus north on Florida State Route 417. The bus was carrying 50 passengers, reported to be a group from Yuba City, California who were in town to attend a cheerleading competition at the Disney Resort. The group had been in town since last Thursday and was on its way to the airport for the return flight home at the time of the truck accident. The tour buses are owned and operated by the Mears Transportation Group, based in Orlando.

The truck accident occurred just before 5:00 a.m. Monday morning as the U.S. Post Office tractor trailer was approaching the juncture with the off ramp from northbound Florida State Route 417. According to reports, The U.S. Postal semi and the tour bus both reached the intersection of Boggy Creek Road and FL 417 at the same time and crashed into each other.

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Orlando police and fire rescue personnel rushed to the scene of the two vehicle crash. Five people on the tour bus, including the bus driver, were injured in the truck accident. They were treated and stabilized at the scene and then transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The injuries are described as non-life threatening and all are expected to recover. A second tour bus was brought to the crash site to pick up the remaining 46 passengers and take them to the airport where they caught their flight home to California.

The driver of the U.S. Post Office tractor trailer was not injured in the truck accident.

The cab section of the U.S. Postal tractor trailer sustained significant damage in the truck accident and was partially crushed. The tour bus had some front end damage from the collision. The force of the crash also punctured at least one gas tank and about 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out into the intersection.

Police shut down the roads around the truck accident site while crews worked to cleanup the spilled fuel and remove the disabled vehicles. Boggy Creek Road was closed in both directions and the off ramp from FL 417 was also shut down while the crews cleared the traffic lanes. The closures came at the start of the Monday morning commute, creating major delays at the busy intersection.

All roads in the area were reopened about 4 hours after the truck accident.

Officials are currently investigating the collision between the two commercial vehicles. The intersection is controlled by a traffic signal and one of the large vehicles went through a red light, but police have not yet determined which driver was at fault. Police investigating the truck accident said the two drivers have given conflicting accounts of the crash. The semi trailer driver, Mr. Earle, stated that he had a flashing yellow light when he drove into the intersection, while the tour bus driver, Mr. Steel, stated that he had a green light. Florida Highway Patrol is consulting with traffic engineers to determine the cause of the crash.

Charges will likely be brought against one of the drivers once the investigation of the truck accident is completed.

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