JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Florida semi-truck driver has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for recklessly ramming into the back of a school bus while his wife was nude in the trucks cab.
The school bus was occupied with 15 students as it slowed down to drop some of them off at a bus stop. That is when the truck driver, Shannon Ford, collided right into the rear end of the bus. Many of the Jacksonville students were injured, one of them receiving an open skull fracture.
The crash happened about 2 years ago in 2014 on U.S. 301 in Bradford County. A video of the collision was shown in court as parents of some of the students watched on, holding back tears.
The driver of the school bus, Jennifer Swanson, was at the trial where she said, “Every time I close my eyes at night, I hear those screams and see those scared little faces,”.
Blaming the trucking company for the incident, Shannon Ford said his company didn’t carry out proper maintenance to the truck he was driving that day. His wife, Sherry Ford, claims that she took off her clothes due to the cab being too hot. She also testified that the crash’s impact tore off her remaining underwear.
Even though the incident happened in 2014, the graphic video of the collision will always remain a reminder to those who were affected by it.