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Students Suffer Minor Injuries After School Bus Hits Pickup

2 adults, 2 children taken to area hospitals

May 30, 2018 - 1:07 pm

CHINA TOWNSHIP (WWJ/AP) - Several children suffered minor injuries when their school bus struck a pickup truck that ran a stop sign in St. Clair County.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports that the crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in China Township, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. The bus -- carrying students to Pine River Elementary -- hit the side of the pickup at the intersection of St. Clair Highway and Wadhams Road, according to St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy Russ Nowiski. 

Nowiski told the newspaper that about 30 to 40 students were on the bus at the time of the crash. Both drivers and at least two children were taken to area hospitals, while both Wadhams Road and St. Clair Highway were closed to traffic for an investigation.

Officials said all uninjured students would be taken along to their school.

"It's a scary situation, but it looks like everyone is OK," East China Superintendent Suzanne Cybulla said at the scene. "A few were transported as a precaution but the rest are going back to school."

According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, the intersection of Wadhams and St. Clair Highway averages three crashes a year and ranks as the 154th most dangerous intersection in the county. 

The truck driver is expected to be ticketed, Nowiski said.  An investigation by Michigan State Police is ongoing, 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.