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Tow truck driver dies, 5 hurt in I-94 crash

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
An accident involving an SUV and a school bus on I-94 near U.S. 23 in Pittsfield Townhship resulted in one dead and seven injured. Three infants were among the victims.

A tow truck driver was killed and five others critically injured Tuesday when an SUV slammed into the back of a disabled school bus on Interstate 94 in Washtenaw County.

Michigan State Police said the driver, Nader Chehadi, 42, was behind the broken-down vehicle when the crash happened about 10:50 a.m. 

Police said the bus had engine trouble, but the Ypsilanti Community Schools said in a Facebook post that the vehicle had a flat tire. No one was aboard the bus at the time of the crash.

"Our hearts and prayers are extended to the Budget Towing family who lost a valued employee," the school district said in a statement on Facebook. "We also extend well wishes and prayers to those who were injured in today's accident.

Marc Breckenridge, government relations manager for Emergent Health Partners, the nonprofit that provides ambulance services for the area where the crash happened, said three people were taken to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor.

A police public safety alert said three of those injured were infants. Breckenridge said he didn't know the ages nor the sexes of the children.

Three infants were among the victims of an accident involving an SUV and a school bus on I-94 near U.S. 23 in Pittsfield Township that resulted in one dead and seven injured.

State police said the children were in the SUV with two adults, and that all five were in critical condition. 

Breckenridge said two people were taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

In addition, there were two other people who were injured but able to walk at the scene of the crash, Breckenridge said. He said they were reported to be in stable condition.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Associated Press contributed.