KINGSLEY, MI – At approximately 7:40AM on Tuesday May 4th, 202, in the Village of Kinsley at the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) bus stop in the Northland Foods Grocery Store parking lot a 24-year-old Luzerne man boarded the BATA bus and attempted to take the fire extinguisher out of its holder.
The bus driver fearing the man was going to strike him or spray him with the fire extinguisher, radioed for help and exited the bus. The man then stole the bus and attempted to turn east bound on M-113. The bus was struck by a west bound passenger car driven by a 29-year-old woman from Manton.
There were no passengers on the BATA bus at the time of the crash. The Manton woman suffered minor injuries and sought her own medical treatment. The suspect was uninjured. He was arrested and lodged in the Grand Traverse County Jail.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by deputies from the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office and the Kingsley Fire Department.