UPDATE: Asleep at the wheel cause of minivan collission with school bus

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. Police say a minivan driver falling asleep as the wheel caused a crash Tuesday involving a school bus.

The driver had reportedly been working long hours and swerved across the center line in Berrien County after falling asleep.

See below for our original story.


Michigan State Police say a driver in Berrien County crossed the center line, hitting a Benton Harbor School bus head-on.

No students were on board that bus at the time.

The accident happened near the intersection of M-139 and I-94 around 2:30 p.m.

Police on the scene said the bus driver was able to avoid the hardest part of the impact and has no major injuries.

The 28-year-old driver was entrapped in her vehicle and had to be pulled out of the wreckage by responders. She was taken from the scene in an ambulance and troopers were unable to say what her condition was at the time.

Police are still working to determine why the driver swerved onto oncoming traffic.

“We haven't been able to talk to her yet,” said Jeff Miazga of the Michigan State Police. “There was another passenger in the vehicle with her at the time. Hopefully, once we get officers free and up to the hospital we can interview her and find out what happened."

He said the bus was headed southbound to its next stop to pick up students.

"No kids were on board and luckily it doesn't appear that there's going to be any serious injuries," Miazga said.

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