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Driver killed, children pulled from car after crash with school bus

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No students were on the bus at the time of the crash.
JACKSON, MI – One person was killed and three others were taken to the hospital after a Ford Fusion collided with a school bus in Jackson on Monday.
No students were on the bus at the time of the crash, which happened just before noon Monday, Aug. 27 at West Avenue and Morrell Street in Jackson.
The female driver of the Fusion was pronounced dead on the scene, Jackson Police Department officials said.
Witnesses pulled a baby and toddler from the car, which was wedged under the bus. The children and a passenger in the front seat were taken to the hospital.
Lisa Minor was about to mow her lawn nearby when she heard a loud bang. She entered the smoky scene, taking a baby from the car seat and handing him through the window to another good Samaritan, Dennis Younkin.
“Getting them out, I was in shock. I was shaking because I was scared,” Minor said. “I went home and cried and then came back. I had to go and get it out, real fast.”
Younklin called the scene “horrendous” and “traumatic.”
The bus crashed into electrical pole, severing the pole. More than 1,300 customers in the area to lose power, according to the Consumers Energy outage map. Several traffic lights and businesses in the area were also without power.
Consumers officials said the power should be restored by 6 p.m., once the pole is replaced.
The intersection was expected to be closed indefinitely during cleanup and Consumers officials are on the scene.
The bus was a Jackson Public Schools special education bus that had just finished its noon run, Superintendent Jeff Beal said in a message. Both the driver and a monitor on the bus were shaken, but uninjured, he said.
Police were conducting crash reconstructing at the scene, taking measurements to calculate the speed of the Fusion. Both witnesses said the car was traveling at high speeds.
Personnel from JPD, the Jackson Fire Department, the Summit Township Fire Department, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson Community Ambulance responded to the scene.

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