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School bus involved in Spring Lake Township rollover crash

Spring Lake bus crash
Spring Lake bus crash
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Posted at 3:46 PM, Sep 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-24 16:53:45-04

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A rollover crash involving a school bus and an SUV occurred in Ottawa County Friday afternoon.

We're told the crash happened on Leonard Street and 148th Avenue in Spring Lake Township just before 3 p.m., according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

We're told the bus — which had six students, a driver and a bus aide on board — was driving east on Leonard Street when an 84-year-old Spring Lake resident in a 2013 Ford Escape turned onto Leonard Street at the intersection. Witnesses reportedly said the SUV pulled into the bus's path.

The school bus had the right of way, deputies tell us.

The sheriff's office says the impact sent the bus off the roadway and falling onto its side after hitting a power pole.

No injuries were reported among the bus driver and the students on board.

The 78-year-old bus aide from Fruitport sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and the 84-year-old SUV driver was taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition, authorities explain.

Parents were reportedly notified to pick up their children after the crash.

We're told the intersection will remain closed while the power pole is repaired and the bus is safely removed. Motorists are asked to seek an alternate route.

The crash remains under investigation.

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