Bus swerves to avoid crash, hits duplex

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Posted, August 6, 2014 --- 5:38 p.m.

A shocking sight in a Janesville neighborhood today. A bus crashes into a duplex.

It was a yield sign where the driver of an SUV failed to yield, according to Dave Mumma with Janesville Transit. He says the veteran bus driver tried to avoid the crash and swerved out of the way. But after her seat belt broke, she was thrown to the ground and the bus continued into the duplex.

Mumma says the driver was taken to the hospital, but both passengers on the bus were OK. Officials say that side of the duplex was luckily vacant this week.

They say the driver of the SUV still ended up hitting part of the bus. They say he was fine but was ticketed.

Dave says this is just an unfortunate thing to have happened.

"It's something that's very disturbing for those of us in public transit because we pride ourselves on being able to transport folks safely, but I understand there are a lot of hazards out there, and we believe that our driver did the best she could under the circumstances," says Dave.

He says as protocol requires, the bus driver will get a toxscreen to make sure she wasn't on drugs or alcohol and he says all other buses are getting their seat belts inspected to make sure they fully functioning.

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