UPDATE: Police identify victim in fatal car-bus crash in Jackson

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UPDATE Thursday 1:00 p.m. – The Jackson Police have released the name of the woman who died in Monday when the car she was driving slammed into the side of a school bus.

Jazmin Wilson, 23, of Jackson was killed and three other people were injured.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — One woman is dead and three others are in the hospital after a car collided with a school bus.

 

The bus hit a utility pole during that crash, knocking out power to more than a thousand homes.

It happened just before noon Monday in the city of Jackson at the intersection of West Avenue and Morrell Street.

 

6 News was on the scene right after the crash happened and spoke with witnesses who rushed to help.

 

Driving down West Avenue behind a Jackson school bus, Dennis Younkin says he witnessed a terrifying crash unfold.

 

“We got up to the intersection, light was green and the white car came at a high rate of speed down Morrell and t-boned the bus and knocked it all the way over to the telephone pole,” Younkin said.

 

Younkin and Lisa Minor, a neighbor who heard the crash happen, rushed over to the mangled vehicles.

 

They didn’t find any children on the bus, but discovered four people trapped inside the car.

 

The two witnesses worked together to get children in the car out of harm’s way.

 

“The car was smoking. I didn’t know if it was going to blow up or what,” Minor said. “There was a baby in the car seat, and a little 3-year-old. I handed the baby out the back window to a gentleman and got 3-year-old out.”

    

They say paramedics took those two children and a man who was a passenger in the car to the hospital.

 

“It’s pretty traumatic when babies are involved,” Younkin said.

 

Police confirm the woman who was driving died at the scene.

 

Lt. Adam Williams of the Jackson Police Department says the children, a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, have been transported to the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor where their conditions are unknown.

 

He says officers are still trying to identify the hospitalized male passenger and notify family of the deceased.

 

The superintendent of Jackson Public Schools says the bus had just finished its noon run when the crash happened.

 

Neither the driver nor another employee on the bus was hurt.

 

Police are still trying to piece together exactly what caused this horrific scene.

 

Witnesses are blaming speed.

 

“When you heard the noise, you knew how fast they were going,” Minor said.

 

Crews from Consumers Energy are still working to restore power to more than a thousand homes after the crash caused a power outage.

 

Consumers says the utility pole that was taken out by the bus needs to be replaced.

 

They expect to have power fully restored sometime Monday evening.

 

More than 1,300 homes were impacted by the outage.

UPDATE 1:45 p.m. – Jackson Police have confirmed to 6 News that the driver of the car that hit a school bus has died.

Police say the woman died at the scene.

There was a male adult passenger who was taken to a local hospital.  His condition is not known.

Two young children were also taken to the hospital.

Police continue to look for a cause but say speed was the most likely factor.

The crash took out a power pole, knocking out power to the neighborhood.

UPDATE 1:00 p.m. – Witnesses tell 6 News that the car appeared to be speeding, went through a red light and hit the bus broadside.

Witnesses also tell 6 News that two children were removed from the car before before police arrived and two adults are believed to be trapped inside the car.

This story is developing and will be updated. 

ORIGINAL STORY – Jackson firefighters are on the scene of a car and school bus collision.

The crash, at the corner of West and Morrell, happened just before noon.

There were no students on the bus and the bus driver was not injured.

Crews have been working to free the car from under the bus.

The intersection is closed until further notice.

6 News Jackson Bureau reporter Aaron Dimick is there and will update this story online and on 6 News.

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