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Four school bus crashes in 2 days

A school bus ran off East Miami River Road, crashed through a fence and nearly struck a house early Thursday. (FOX19 NOW/file) A school bus ran off East Miami River Road, crashed through a fence and nearly struck a house early Thursday. (FOX19 NOW/file)
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The bus had no passengers and was headed to pick up Three Rivers students. (FOX19 NOW/J.Baker) The bus had no passengers and was headed to pick up Three Rivers students. (FOX19 NOW/J.Baker)
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

A school bus ran off the road, crashed through a fence and nearly struck a house early Thursday.

No students were aboard.

It is the fourth time in two days a school bus has crashed in the Tri-State.

The female driver was on her way to begin picking up Three Rivers School District students when a deer ran out in front of the vehicle on East Miami River Road near Cooper Avenue, prompting her to swerve just before 7 a.m., Miami Township officials said.

The bus struck a utility pole before coming to a crashing halt on the front lawn of Lois Manor's house. The impact jolted her awake. She called out her front door to the driver, who was already phoning 911.

"I was just glad nobody else was hurt," Manor said as a tow truck hauled the bus off her grass. "We've had several cars in our yard. People probably need to slow down."

The bus careened off a stretch of the road that winds up a steep, curving hill. Thick fog also enveloped the area. Visibility was a quarter-mile or less.

The driver suffered a minor back injury, said Jim Hughes, the township's safety services director and retired fire chief. He lives three doors down and ran over as soon as he heard the crash.

He boarded the bus and stayed with the driver until paramedics arrived.

"There's a lot of deer that run through the area. They go down to get water from the (Great Miami) river," he said. "Luckily, there were no students on the bus."

This is the fourth school bus crash this week. Three alone occurred in heavy fog early Wednesday.

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