Video shows head-on crash between Kalamazoo Metro bus, car

Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus, crash, West Michigan Avenue
The scene after a Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus and car collided on West Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo on May 24, 2017.


WARNING: Some people may find the video contained in this story disturbing. Watch at your own discretion.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety dash camera video shows a car careening into a Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus on Wednesday.

The crash happened around 7:22 p.m. in the area of W. Michigan Avenue/South Street at Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo. The disturbing video released Thursday shows the bus starting to move at a green light when the car hits it head-on.

The passing KDPS officer helped passengers off the bus. Four of the six passengers were taken to the hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

Both drivers had to be freed from the wreckage. Nobody else was inside the car.

Police said Thursday morning the bus driver had to have part of her leg amputated. Both drivers were in serious condition, according to KDPS.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and may have left the road at some point before the collision.

Passenger Chanell McPherson was on the bus and feels lucky she wasn’t hurt.

“Normally, I sit in the middle or the front, but today I chose to sit in the back,” McPherson said. “It was smoky, it looked like somebody had thrown a bomb in there.”

Kalamazoo Metro Transit drivers held prayer vigils Thursday morning and evening to support one of their own.

“It’s a very tough situation for the Metro Transit family,” said Kalamazoo Metro Transit Executive Director Sean McBride.

This is the second time this month a Metro Transit bus has been involved in a crash. In both instances, the bus drivers were not at fault.

–24 Hour News 8’s Brady Gillum contributed to this report.