OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Two school buses have been involved in separate crashes in just a matter of minutes Thursday morning.
The first happened at about 7:45am at 120th Avenue and Polk in Olive Township. Ottawa County deputies say that the Allendale School bus was heading south on 120th Avenue when a northbound vehicle lost control while passing another car that had stopped to left. It broadsided the bus, pushing the bus into a trailer with pumpkins that was on the side of the road for sale.
No one was injured, including 24 students that were on the bus. The driver of the car was also not hurt, but their vehicle was totaled. The bus driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation as a precaution.
About ten minutes later, just a few miles away, a school bus and a semi truck collided at 136th Avenue and Port Sheldon. That bus was an Allendale Public Schools bus that was on the way to pick up the students from the first crash. Crews at the scene say the bus was heading east on Port Sheldon when a semi heading west crossed the center line and hit the bus driving it off the road. The bus rolled into a ditch on the side of the road.
Both the bus driver and the truck driver are being evaluated for minor injuries. Investigators say that the driver of the truck, a 65-year-old Byron Center man, may have had a medical issue that caused him to veer across the road.
The crashes are still open for investigation.