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Redford Township — A chain reaction crash between an armored car, cement truck and a SMART bus caused minor injuries to at least five people late Tuesday morning.

According to the Redford Township Police Department, the crash occurred just before 11 a.m. and caused the closure of Grand River at Beech Daly.

Police said an armored car traveling eastbound on Grand River suffered a mechanical failure that caused it to veer into a cement truck that then struck a bus, which was stopped.

A terminal manager with SMART said the company had no comment on the ongoing investigation. The bus driver involved in the crash also declined to comment.

Deborah Schretter said she ran to the scene after hearing the crash from inside her home nearby.

"I heard screeching and then a really loud boom," she said. "Then I heard people screaming and yelling."

Schretter, 40, arrived at the corner in time to see several injured people lying in the grass beside Grand River, she said.

"By that time, EMS was here giving them help," she said. "They started taking (the injured) away in ambulances."

Redford police and EMS called on first responders from Southfield and Livonia for mutual aid in transporting the injured to a local hospital.

“It was a full-sized bus, and it collided with what looks like a cement truck,” said Mike Vardouniotis, whose restaurant, Mama Mia’s, is a short distance form the intersection.

The intersection was reopened by about 12:20 p.m.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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