Truck hits school bus after losing control on icy road; three transported to hospital

At approximately 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, deputies with the Livingston county Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Highland Road and I-96 in Howell Township for a two-vehicle serious injury crash.

Preliminary investigation reveals that a 1999 Dodge Ram truck operated by a 47-year-old Lansing resident was traveling eastbound on Highland Road when he lost control on the I-96 overpass due to icy road conditions. The Dodge Ram crossed the center line, hitting a 2008 International school bus operated by Howell Public Schools. The school bus was operated by 51-year-old Howell resident and did not have any students on it when the crash occurred.

The driver of the Dodge Ram and the passenger, a 27-year-old Lansing resident, were transported to Sparrow Hospital. The personal injury attorney says the driver sustained life-threatening injuries while the passenger is listed in stable condition. The bus driver was transported to St. Joes Livingston in stable condition.

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash, and all occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Drivers are reminded in cold winter conditions that bridges and overpasses ice over before the roadway.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Livingston County Ambulance and Howell Area Fire Department.

Highland Road remained closed for approximately four hours while the scene was investigated.

The crash remains under investigation by the Livingston County Major Crash Team. A personal injury attorney has been contacted by the victims’ families for help in the investigation.

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