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Car slams into school bus on Detroit's west side

6 students taken to hospital as precaution

DETROIT – A unlicensed driver has been ticketed after crashing into a school bus Thursday morning on Detroit's west side.

Police said the driver of a Dodge Intrepid failed to yield at Hartwell and Puritan, crashing into the ABC Student Transportation bus just before 9 a.m.

The bus was carrying seven special needs students.

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One student was sent home with a parent, six others were taken to Children's Hospital as a precaution with minor bumps.

The school bus driver was not hurt.

"Drivers come flying through this intersection everyday," said Louis Burell, who lives on the corner. "I heard the loud noise, came running outside. I saw it was special needs kids and asked if everyone was OK.

Burrell said the female driver of the car tried to leave the scene before police arrived.

"The driver said she was in a hurry. She was giving (the bus driver) her information. She was saying she was in a hurry to go to an appointment and that she had to leave."

Burrell said she told the driver she called 911.

"'I called 911, so you have to wait for the police to get here,'" Burrell said. "And the woman tried telling the bus driver she had to leave for an appointment. I told her no way and took her keys."

Police said the driver was ticketed for failure to yield and driving without insurance or a license.