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ECAT bus accident on Palafox Street

Ten people were injured this morning when a vehicle collided with a bus that was slowing down to let passengers disembark.

The crash occurred around 11:25 a.m. on Palafox Street just north of Lloyd Street.
Officer Christopher Forehand said an ECAT bus driven by Wan Coutu, age and address unavailable, was northbound on Palafox at the time. The bus was slowing down to let passengers
disembark around Lloyd Street when it was struck from behind by a 2003 Nissan Altima driven by Nickolaos Malamos, 17, of Pensacola.

Forehand said Malamos, who was not wearing a seatbelt, didn't see the bus slow down prior to the crash.

Nine bus passengers and Malamos were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.