Mother and Son Killed after Hitting School Bus in Mt. Pleasant

MT. PLEASANT, MI – The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double fatal two-vehicle accident that killed a 56-year-old mother and her 19-year-old son, on Weidman Road, just west of Whiteville Road, that involved a Mt Pleasant School bus on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 7:48 AM.

The Mt Pleasant school bus was empty and had no one on board other than the driver at the time of the accident. The driver of bus was uninjured.

The bus was stopped preparing to pick up the first student of the day during the early morning run when a vehicle driven by Joshua Schafer, 19-years-old, of Isabella Twp, struck the bus from behind. The vehicle went up under the bus causing both the driver of the car, Joshua Schafer and his mother, Kimberly Schafer, 56-years-old, also of Isabella Twp, who was the front seat passenger, to sustain fatal injuries.

Joshua Schafer and his mother, Kimberly Schafer, were pronounced dead at the scene.

It appears that sun light may have been a factor in the crash as the vehicle and bus were both traveling east bound on Weidman road into the sun.

First responders and deputies are still on scene investigating the crash and working on identifying the victims.

Assisted at the scene were Mobile Medical Response, Isabella County Central Dispatch, Isabella North East FD, Medical Examiners Investigator

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