November 28, 2014

Two-car and bus accident leaves two injured

Kevin Bunch
Members of the Standish Area Fire Authority work to put out the flaming vehicle.
Kevin Bunch
This van caught fire after being rear ended into a school bus.
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By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — A three-vehicle accident the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 20 left two people hospitalized, as a van was crushed between another van and a school bus.

According to Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre, the drivers of the two vans were taken to St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He said there were high school students on the bus at the time of the incident, but there were no injuries.

McIntyre said the accident occurred as the three vehicles were heading northbound on US-23 in Standish, as the bus was slowing down to cross railroad tracks. The rear van rear-ended the middle van, pushing it into the school bus, he said, and the middle van caught fire after the collision.

“The bus is raised up, so the van slid underneath, which caused all the damage,” McIntyre said. “Basically it looks worse than it really is.”

The Standish Area Fire Authority was on hand in minutes to put out the vehicle fire, and McIntyre praised the firefighters’ speedy response time.

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