A Lafayette County high school student was pronounced dead while three other teenagers have been hospitalized following a crash involving a school bus on the morning of March 29, 2019. The school bus was carrying 23 Lafayette County students and was traveling eastbound on CR 300 when a driver in a Mazda pickup truck collided with the back of the school bus. The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 17-year-old Chandler Lancaster, of Mayo was reported dead at the scene by troopers. The passengers in the pickup truck, three teenagers ages 14 to 17, were taken to the hospital. Troopers say a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl are in critical condition and a 14-year-old girl is in serious condition.

There were no injuries reported to the students on the bus. Lafayette County Superintendent Robert Edwards says the bus was headed to two locations, Lafayette Elementary School and Lafayette High School. Edwards also says the teens in the pickup truck were headed to the high school.

Reports are stating that a secondary crash occurred about ten minutes later when a Buick LeSbare struck a GMC Yukon that had pulled over to help after witnessing the crash. No injuries were reported but the driver of the Buick was cited for failure to use due care. FHP says the fatal crash remains under investigation.

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