Distracted driver collides with Van Buren Co. school bus

A minivan driver was injured in the Nov. 17, 2015 crash in Lawrence Township. (Van Buren County Sheriff's Office)

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD)—Van Buren County investigators say the driver who caused a crash involving a school bus was distracted by his children.

The crash happened at approximately 8:10 a.m. Tuesday at Red Arrow Highway and County Road 681 in Lawrence Township.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office said a Toyota Highlander stopped at the intersection before pulling into the path of a bus for Hartford Public Schools.

Investigators said the minivan driver was distracted by his children in the back seat.

Authorities said 22 students were aboard the bus at the time of the crash; none of them were injured.

The driver of the minivan, a 38-year-old man from the Dowagiac area, was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries to his arm.

The 35-year-old woman, 8-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy in his vehicle were not injured.


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