National Guard members hurt in bus crash

CAMP BLANDING – At least 19 members of the Florida Army National Guard were injured when the bus they were riding in overturned in north Florida.

A National Guard’spokesman said 30 soldiers from the 690th Military’Police Company, based in Crystal River, were on the bus when it crashed Tuesday’afternoon. One soldier was taken by helicopter to a Gainesville hospital, while others were treated at the scene or at local hospitals.

A preliminary report by’military officials said four buses were moving from one area of Camp Blanding to another when the soldier’driving the second bus swerved to avoid a collision with the lead bus and’overturned.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and will determine whether charges should be filed.