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One injured in crash with Hart school bus

May 17, 2019

A Hart school bus was hit from behind by a flatbed farm truck on Wednesday afternoon.

The bus was stopped at Oceana Drive near Jackson Road in Weare Township with its flashers on.

At 3:30 p.m., an 89-year-old Pentwater man driving the truck hit the bus from behind, said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast. First responders from Hart Fire, Oceana County Sheriff’s Office and LIFE EMS were on the scene within minutes, according to Mast.

The Pentwater male was transported to the Mercy Hackley Hospital in Muskegon by LIFE EMS, according to Mast.

About 50 students in grades from preschool to 12th grade were on the bus, and no serious injuries occurred, according to Hart Public Schools Mark D. Platt.

“Frankly, our bus driver did a phenomenal job and runs a tight shift,” Platt said.

Platt said the driver prevented injuries and students remained in their seats.

The Hart Public Schools Transportation Department Director Rob O’Neil and another bus driver arrived on the scene of the crash, according to Platt.

The bus driver and the students got onto the other bus and got all the students home, Platt said.

Platt said students arrived home about 45 minutes later, and that event made the school to re-examine safety protocols when incidents like this happen and how to reach out to parents.

“This is a reminder how important it is to stop when bus flashers are on,” Mast said.

There is a replacement bus for the one that got hit, but it’s harder to find a replacement bus driver, Platt said.