Bus Crash Tragedy Leaves 8 Dead and Dozens Injured in Marion County – Fatalities Reported on Florida Highway

TAMPA, Florida – A tragic bus crash on West Highway 40 in Marion County resulted in the loss of eight lives and left at least 40 individuals injured on Tuesday morning, as confirmed by authorities. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the incident occurred just west of Southwest 148 Court at 6:35 a.m.

According to troopers, a 2010 International bus carrying 53 farm workers collided with a Ford Ranger truck, causing the bus to veer off the road. The bus then crashed into a fence and overturned, leading to the fatalities of eight individuals. Around 40 others were taken to various medical facilities for treatment, as reported by the FHP.

Marion County Public Schools dispatched a school bus to aid in transporting patients to receive medical attention at the scene. AdventHealth Ocala stated that it is caring for 12 patients at the main emergency department and four others at AdventHealth Timber Ridge stemming from the crash.

Cannon Farms in Dunnellon announced its closure for the day out of respect for the victims and those impacted by the early morning accident involving the Olvera Trucking Harvesting Corp. The farm requested prayers for the affected families and expressed gratitude for the community’s understanding during this challenging time.

At present, SR-40 is shut down from Southwest 180th Avenue Road to Southwest 140th Avenue, per the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. Commuters heading eastbound on SR-40 are advised to detour by taking US-41 northbound to West County Road 328 and then proceeding east to rejoin SR-40. Westbound drivers should follow the opposite route, using West County Road 328 westbound to US-41, continuing south to reconnect to SR-40.

This remains an evolving situation, with the latest updates available from News Channel 8 on-air and via the WFLA News Channel 8 mobile app.