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Posted on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 11:11 a.m.

Police: 21 students were on Saline bus involved in accident Tuesday morning

By Kyle Feldscher

This story has been updated to show all the students who were injured in the Ypsilanti crash were in school Wednesday.

Students were on two school buses hit by cars in separate incidents Tuesday in Washtenaw County, including five that had to be taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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A Saline Area Schools bus collided with a 2005 Toyota that slid into its path Tuesday morning. No students were injured in the crash, one of two involving buses Tuesday.

The first incident occurred at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday on Woodland Drive between Maple Road and Industrial Drive. Detective Don Lupi said 21 students were on the bus when a 2005 Toyota hit a patch of ice and slid into the bus’ path.

The man driving the Toyota complained of a minor injury, but declined medical treatment, Lupi said. The Toyota was coming around a curve in the road when it hit the patch of ice and the driver lost control. Lupi said he was found at-fault in the crash.

“Due to the conditions of the road, (the Toyota’s) speed played a factor,” he said.

None of the students on the bus were injured and all were taken to the Saline High School, according to Saline Area Schools officials. There was minimal damage done to the 2009 International bus.

Later on Tuesday, a Washtenaw Intermediate School District bus carrying elementary school students from Ypsilanti Public Schools was rear ended by a pickup truck.

School officials said five of the students on board had to be taken to the hospital after the 3:40 p.m. crash on Prospect Street. contacted the Ypsilanti Police Department for more information on the incident Wednesday morning, but more information was not immediately available from department officials.

Initial reports indicated a Ford Ranger rear ended the school bus and the five students were taken to the hospital by Huron Valley Ambulance. The total number of students on the bus and the extent of the injuries to the five who had to be transported to the hospital is still unknown.They were in stable condition, officials said.

WISD spokeswoman Emma Jackson said all five children who were taken to the hospital Tuesday were back in school on Wednesday. The official report wasn't available on the crash and Jackson had no more details to report.

The WISD bus had minor damage, including a slight dent and scratches on the bumper.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 12:55 a.m.

And nothing on the AAPS crash? Interesting.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 4:34 p.m.

Everyone is always in a hurry. Last night when Parker rd was snow covered I must have been the first vehicle to drive south on it because you really had to guess where the road was. When I got to Jackson rd stop light you could see a string of cars ahead. There was a car with a flat tire driving real slow on the shoulder. Well 3 cars ahead of me went around the car and as I started to go around this idiot that had been right on my rearend on the north side of Jackson ave when flying around me and the disabled car. This was at 11:00 PM.


Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 12:56 a.m.

Should have seen the skid marks on the AAPS bus that was hit by a car not paying attention.

Linda Peck

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 3:33 p.m.

I am thankful the children are okay, although emotionally I still keep prayers coming for them. Slow down you crazy people! Print the names of the drivers at fault, please Kyle.

Fat Bill

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 4:20 a.m.

Alas common sense seems to be in short supply on our roads these days. Good for the towing business and collision shops...bad for everybody else...

In doubt

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 10:32 p.m.

According to the law, the speed limits are set for dry road conditions. We are suppose to adjust our speed accordingly. If it doesn't say to adjust our stopping distance accordingly, it should. It is a matter of common sense.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 5:27 p.m.

Saline has some very self-centered drivers. I have seen countless cars dart out from neighborhoods and cut people off without ever stopping (sometimes not even pausing to check) at crosswalks or stop signs. I can't believe there hasn't been a deadly accident yet on Lohr Road. SLOW DOWN, your busy life can take an extra few minutes to get to work and may save someones life.


Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 12:57 a.m.

Kyle? Make time to ride a school bus one day. You will see the worse of the worse. I think Ann Arbor drivers are the worse.


Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 1:31 p.m.

@Kyle, I bet none have ever lived in north NJ.

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 8:01 p.m.

If there's one thing I've learned from reading the comments on these stories, it's that everyone is of the opinion that their town or city has the worst drivers in the world.


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 7:32 p.m.

Saline doesn't have a monopoly on these kind of drivers. I live in Pittsfield Township off Ellsworth and the same things happens here in my neighborhood..


Wed, Jan 23, 2013 : 5:04 p.m.

I wish people, such as the Toyota driver, would SLOW down when it snows. Sometimes we Michiganians think that we are so macho that no winter storm is going to slow us down, with potentially tragic consequences.