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Milford Beacon
  • Paratransit bus struck by car in Magnolia

  • Seven people, including four adults with special needs, were hospitalized Monday after a DART paratransit bus was struck by a car in Magnolia.
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  • Seven people, including four adults with special needs, were hospitalized Monday after a DART paratransit bus was struck by a car in Magnolia.
     Police say the incident occurred at approximately 7:55 a.m. this morning as Robert J. Dunkleberger, 53 of Magnolia, was operating a 2012 Ford DART bus with five adult passengers on board, all with special needs. The bus was traveling northbound on South State Street just north of Banning Road in Magnolia. The bus was stopped in the roadway waiting to turn left into a private driveway to pick up another passenger. Lisa A. Barrett was also driving northbound on South State Street operating a 2011 Chevrolet Impala when she failed to see the bus stopped and ran into the rear of the bus. Barrett and her 4-year-old daughter, who were both properly restrained, were removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Kent General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She was cited for inattentive driving. Robert Dunkleberger, who was properly restrained, and four of the five passengers, were also removed from the scene by EMS and transported to Kent General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The fifth passenger was not injured, police said.
     Both northbound and southbound lanes of South State Street in the area of Banning Road were closed for approximately an hour and a half as the crash was investigated and cleared.

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