UPDATE: In an email from Volusia County Government, county officials have identified the deceased employee as Tim Swiger, a tradesworker for Volusia County’s Facility Management Division.
The county further stated that Swiger has received exceptional performance evaluations since he was hired by the county on February 14, 2000. Swiger was a skilled carpenter who specialized in cabinetry, framing and special projects.
“He was a great person,” said Facility Management Director Jim Corbett. “He always had a smile on his face and was well-liked throughout the county.”
The county has since mobilized its critical incident stress management team and additional resources through its employee assistance program to help provide emotional support to staff affected by Swiger's death.
“We are extremely shocked and deeply saddened by Tim’s death,” said County Manager George Recktenwald. “Our immediate concern is for the safety and welfare of his family and our employees. We are here for his family and loved ones, as well as his colleagues and other county employees who are understandably shaken up by the incident. This is such a shocking tragedy, and all of us are still processing today’s events. As we grieve the loss of one of our own, together we are supporting our entire county family at this difficult time.”
Earlier updates and reporting below.
UPDATE: Per an update from FHP, state troopers have identified the county employee as a 52-year-old man from South Daytona and stated a 62-year-old Ormond Beach woman was driving the bus at the time of the crash.
The report from FHP says the bus was in the middle of disembarking passengers on the eastbound side of ISB when the truck failed to slow down and hit the rear of the vehicle. 14 out of the 15 passengers on the bus were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.
UPDATE: According to an email from Volusia County Government, a county employee driving a county vehicle was killed after hitting a stopped Votran bus.
Daytona Beach, FL - State troopers are working the scene of a fiery crash between a pickup truck and a Votran bus.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, troopers were called to the scene at International Speedway Boulevard and Indian Lake Road after receiving reports that a pickup truck had struck a Votran bus around 8:00 Monday (June 28) morning.
Not many details are available as investigators are still tending to the crash scene, but what is known is that one individual is dead so far. The pickup truck caught on fire as a result of the crash.
At present, ISB is shut down in both directions at LPGA Boulevard and Clark Bay Road. Drivers can use I-4 as an alternate for travel between DeLand and Daytona Beach.
We will pass along updates as they are made available.