MSP: Distracted driving led to Wheatland Twp. school bus crash

WHEATLAND TWP - A distracted driver crashed into a Hudson school bus as it was dropping of a child in Wheatland Township Monday afternoon.

The crash occurred on September 25, 2017 at approximately 3:30 PM on US-127 south of Church Road.

According to Michigan State Police, a Hudson School District school bus was stopped in the northbound lane of US-127 just south of Church Rd. The red lights were activated, As it was dropping off kids, a passenger car rear ended the bus. A child who was exiting the bus at the time of the crash suffered a minor abrasion to his leg.

The driver of the passenger car was a 23-year-old female from Hudson and her 4-year-old daughter was in the back seat. Occupants of the sedan were wearing their seatbelts. The driver suffered minor lacerations and the child complained of a bump on the head and minor pain in her abdomen from the seatbelt.

The school bus had 13 children in addition to the driver inside. The driver of the bus was a 59-year-old female.

All parties reporting injuries from the crash were treated and released at the scene. No patients were transported to the hospital. All children occupying the bus that did not report injuries were checked by EMS and released at the scene.

Distracted driving was determined to be a factor in the crash. A citation was issued to the driver of the sedan for failure to stop within an assured clear distance.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Michigan DNR, Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department, Addison Fire Rescue personnel and Addison EMS. The Hudson School District Superintendent also responded to the scene.

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