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School Bus Crashes Into Two Houses

May 6, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

School Bus Crashes Into Two Houses

Frightening moments Tuesday morning when a Sioux Falls school bus careens out of control and hits two houses in a southwest neighborhood.

It happened around 7:30 a.m. at the corner of 56th Street and Dunlap Avenue as the bus driver was on his morning route.  Thankfully, no kids were on board, but it could have been a lot worse.

The pictures are dramatic.  The story is even scarier.

"So I was standing in my bedroom getting ready and I heard a big crash. So I looked out my window and I saw this school bus going about 30 and nicked the house we're standing in front of and then straight into the house behind us, no braking or nothing," witness Shaye Bechina said.

Police say the 66-year-old driver said he blacked out and doesn't remember anything. 

The bus veered out of control, taking out mailboxes, before hitting the two houses. 

Crews had to shut off the gas to one of the homes because of a leak.

The homeowner's fiancée was in the house that suffered the most damage at the time of the crash.

"She heard a noise and had no idea what it was and smelt like burning oil, rubber or whatever.  Went to check on her dog and that's when she actually saw the bus in the house," Ross Wickman said.

Wickman's fiancée called him and told him to come home right away.

"It was actually a little bit better than I expected when I got here.  I thought the tail end of the bus would be in the air and the bus would be all the way down in the basement," Wickman said.

Luckily, the children on the bus earlier had just been dropped off and there were no kids at the corner waiting to be picked up. 

"They all congregate here in the morning, so yeah, it's very fortunate that didn't happen," Wickman said.

As bad as it looks, everyone here is still breathing a sigh of relief.

"I'm just really glad the driver apparently is somewhat okay and that no kids were on the bus and everybody is safe.  My fiancée is safe and dog is safe," Wickman said.

The bus driver was taken to the hospital to be treated for a head injury.

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