Charges authorized against driver of car in Kzoo bus collision

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

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Charges were authorized Monday against the driver of a car that slammed into a Kalamazoo Metro Transit bus in May.

Michael Spencer, 59, of Kalamazoo faces four felony counts: reckless driving causing serious impairment of body function, operated while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating with a suspended or revoked license causing serious injury and a third offense of operating with any presence of drugs.

The crash happened May 24 in the area of W. Michigan Avenue/South Street at Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo. The driver was going 108 mph five seconds before the crash and hit the bus head-on at 102 mph.

Four of the six passengers on the bus were taken to the hospital with minor, non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers had to be freed from the wreckage.

The bus driver had to have part of her leg amputated due to the injuries sustained in the collision.