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Pickup runs into school bus

A Cedar Springs School bus was hit by a pickup truck driver Wednesday afternoon. No students were hurt in the accident. Post photo by J. Reed.

Seven students escaped injury this afternoon when an intoxicated driver hit a Cedar Springs Public Schools bus.

The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. at the corner of 18 Mile and Main Street in Cedar Springs.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, a pickup truck, driven by a 48-year-old Cedar Springs man, was heading north on Main Street, and attempted to turn right on to 18 Mile, where he crossed over the center line, and hit a school bus waiting at the stop sign to turn left on Main Street. He hit the bus in the left rear wheel area.

Parent said the pickup driver’s door could have been open, because the bus driver reported that the driver was falling out as he passed her window. He didn’t actually fall out, however.

Police believe alcohol was involved. Parent said the driver did admit to recently drinking and was arrested. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday. Neither the driver nor his 60-year-old passenger were injured.

Parent said the bus driver reported minor shoulder pain, consistent with wearing a seatbelt.

According to Assistant Cedar Springs Superintendent David Cairy, the students on the bus were middle school to high school age. He said each student was checked out individually to be sure they were uninjured. They were then put on another bus to finish the route.

“Overall it was a good result to an unfortunate accident,” said Parent.

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