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Greyhound bus involved in fatal crash in North Fla.

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The driver of this vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of this vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash occurred just before midnight Friday just south of Jasper. The crash occurred just before midnight Friday just south of Jasper.
The bus departed Tampa on Friday and made stops in Lakeland, Orlando and Gainesville. The bus departed Tampa on Friday and made stops in Lakeland, Orlando and Gainesville.
JASPER, FL (WFLA) - A Greyhound bus that departed from Tampa earlier in the day was involved in a multi-vehicle crash Friday night that claimed the lives of two men on Interstate 75 in Hamilton County.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:44 p.m. just south of Jasper.

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According to a Florida Highway Patrol a 1993 Buick Century driven by 91-year-old Ernest Lee Holmes of High Springs triggered the chain reaction crash when he hit a 2013 Ford Expedition head-on. Holmes and the driver of the Expedition, 55-year-old Peter J. Linek of Ormond Beach, died at the scene.

Three other vehicles, including the bus, were also impacted. A total of 42 passengers and the driver – 62-year-old Alvis Gaston of Locust Grove, Georgia – were on board at the time of the collision. Thirteen of them were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. Holmes car was traveling south and the other vehicles north the report states.

It is not yet known if Holmes or Linek were under the influence of alcohol. Investigators do not suspect alcohol impairment to be a contributing factor for the bus driver or the drivers of the other two vehicles involved. Gaston and the other two drivers were not hurt.

However all drivers consented to a voluntary blood draw at the crash site.

The bus began its route in Tampa and made stops in Lakeland, Orlando and Gainesville prior to the crash. It was scheduled to arrive in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday.

The investigation continues.
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