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Driver Arrested for DUI-Manslaughter in Fatal Crash with Farmworker Bus in Florida

Marion County, FL
bus accident

Accident Summary

Bryan Maclean Howard, 41, was arrested for DUI-manslaughter after his truck collided with a farmworker bus on May 21, 2024, in Marion County, Florida, killing eight and injuring over 40.
DateMay 21, 2024
LocationState Road 40 in Marion County, Florida
TypePickup Truck and Bus Crash

The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has arrested the driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal crash with a farmworker bus on May 21, 2024. Bryan Maclean Howard, 41, faces eight counts of DUI-manslaughter following the incident, which resulted in eight fatalities. The FHP did not disclose the substance allegedly causing Howard’s impairment.

According to the FHP statement, Howard was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger on State Road 40, a two-lane road through horse farms, when his vehicle crossed the center line. The truck sideswiped the bus, causing it to veer off the road at approximately 6:40 a.m. The bus crashed through a fence, hit a tree, and overturned. Along with the eight fatalities, at least 40 individuals were injured.

It is currently unclear if Howard has legal representation. Efforts to contact his family have been unsuccessful. State records indicate that Howard has previous arrests for driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of an accident, and marijuana possession.

The crash occurred in Marion County, roughly 80 miles north of Orlando. The farmworkers were en route to Cannon Farms in Dunnellon for the watermelon harvest. The bus ended up on its side with smashed windows and open emergency exits, while the pickup truck sustained extensive damage and came to a stop at the roadside with its airbag deployed.

A Note from Attorney Mangal:

If any nearby person or vehicle were injured/damaged as a result of the driver’s negligence, there would likely be a valid personal injury claim.

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