Woman Killed in Isabella County when Vehicle Hits School Bus filled with JV Football Team

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – A woman was killed in a car verses school bus accident Thursday evening in Isabella County.

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one car versus school bus accident at Coldwater Road North of River Road on Thursday, October 24th, 2019, at 9:11pm.

Upon arrival the first deputy at the scene discovered a Chippewa Hills School bus that had been involved in an accident with a Chevy Impala. The school bus had been evacuated by the bus driver and staff. The bus had been transporting the JV Football team home at the time of the accident. There were approximately fifteen students on the bus, along with coaching staff and the bus driver.

Two of the students were transported to a local hospital’s emergency room with minor non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining students and staff were transported by an additional bus that was called to the scene to a local business located at Coldwater and Remus roads for reunification with their parents.

The Chevy Impala that was involved in the crash had immediately caught fire. The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

As fire crews arrived and began to extinguish the car fire, the bus, which was next to the car, also erupted in flames from the initial the car fire. Fire crews extinguished both vehicles within a few minutes.

During the investigation, the reconstruction of the accident and from witness statements, it appears that the woman driving the Chevy Impala drifted into the opposite lane of travel and into the path of the school bus causing the fatal accident.

The victim is a woman. The sheriff’s office is awaiting positive identification from the medical examiners office at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing.

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with the Sparrow Medical Examiner’s Office to positively identify the victim in the car. ICSO is also working with the Chippewa Hills School District to support their efforts to assure the wellbeing of their students, staff and community.

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