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School bus crashes through Pleasant Grove neighborhood


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PLEASANT GROVE -- A school bus tore through a Pleasant Grove neighborhood Wednesday afternoon after the driver lost control.

The Alpine School District bus drove through three yards, destroying everything in its path. Two of the "victims": a fence and shed owned by Jennifer Crutchfield.

"All the sudden, I heard this loud thunder, like a wrecking ball was coming through," Crutchfield said. "When I saw the disaster, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh! My shed, my fence, everything is just gone!'"

When it was all over, Jill Clay helped her neighbor clean up the mess. She saw the bus plow through the yards too.

"I saw the bus come through the cul-de-sac, which is weird ‘cause there's never been a bus in our cul-de-sac," Clay said.

Jill Orton was thinking the same thing. She was grateful that, just minutes before, she had called her kids inside.

"They were playing right there, and that's their favorite place to play is the front yard," Orton said.

All three women ran outside when they saw the bus crash.

"Nobody was in the bus. It was the last school drop-off," Crutchfield said.

The bus driver was the only one in it.

"The driver was very dazed, out of the bus and back in and out," Clay said.

"I said, ‘Are you OK?' He said, ‘Yes,' Crutchfield said.

No one knows what happened to make the driver lose control. Neighbor Jeffery Sorensen's home video shows someone trying to get the bus off the fence as the Pleasant Grove neighborhood watches.

Though Crutchfield is out a fence, a lawnmower, Weedwacker, and Christmas decorations--all things she stored in that shed--she's says that can all be replaced.

"Luckily, no one was hurt," she said.

KSL News tried to reach Pleasant Grove police about what caused the accident but did not hear back.

E-mail: abutterfield@ksl.com

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Amanda Butterfield

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