UPDATE: 3 injured as Janesville city bus crashes into duplex

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

JANESVILLE--No one was home when a city bus crashed into one side of a duplex on the city's east side Wednesday morning.

The occupants had moved out two days before, and new tenants were expected Thursday, said Joshua Scoggins, who lives in the other side of the duplex with his fiance, Renee Wilson, and her three children, ages 2, 4 and 7.

Scoggins, Wilson and the children were not injured.

The bus's driver and two passengers were injured in the crash, which happened when a car failed to yield the right of way. That caused a city bus driver to lose control of her bus, said Sgt. Brian Vaughn of the police department.

The bus driver tried to avoid the crash, but the buckle of her seat belt broke, causing her to slip out and fall several feet onto the platform below, Vaughn said.

The bus crashed into the northwest side of 2607 Wesley Ave. at 9:25 a.m.

The bus driver was hurt and was taken to a local hospital, Vaughn said.

The bus's two passengers suffered only minor bumps and bruises, Vaughn said.

The bus crushed into the front door and entryway to the building. City code enforcement was called to investigate the structure's safety.

The unit has a big hole in the front and is uninhabitable, Vaughn said.

Scoggins, who moved in recently, said he wasn't sure if his side of the building at 2609 Wesley Ave. would be habitable.

The car's driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way. The driver's name wasn't immediately available.

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