Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-197

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 20, 2013
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    School Bus Crash

    A traffic crash involving a school bus and truck result in one fatality.
    • Friday
    • May 17, 2013
    • Time: 3:50 PM
    • Sam Allen Road and Wilder Road
    • Plant City, FL


    • 2001 Ford Truck


    James Allen Flint (truck driver-deceased)
    DOB: 10/26/47
    2510 E. Knights Griffin Rd
    Plant City, FL

    School Bus:

    • 1995 International

    School bus driver:

    Phyllis Meachum
    DOB: 8/8/46
    702 E. Lee St.
    Plant City, FL


    At approximately 3:50 p.m., a 2001 Ford Truck was traveling eastbound on Sam Allen Road approaching the intersection of Wilder Road. The driver, James Allen Flint, failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection. He struck a Hillsborough County School bus which was traveling south on Wilder Road, causing the bus to overturn. There were three Plant City High school students on the bus; 2 were transported to South Florida Baptist Hospital with minor injuries, and later released to their parents. The driver of the bus sustained minor injuries, was treated at the scene and released. Blood was taken from the bus driver, but there is no indication she was under the influence of any alcohol or drugs. Mr. Flint died at the scene. The BAC of Flint is pending autopsy.
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