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School bus involved in wreck on Hwy 471 in Brandon

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

About 12 students were on a Rankin County School bus when it crashed on Highway 80 this morning, according to Brandon Police Chief William Thompson. 

A fire official tells 3 On Your Side bus had been crossing Highway 80 from Highway 571 to Overby Street, on its way to the middle school around 7:45 a.m. when a mini van crashed into it, sending the bus into the pole. Two of the students complained of pain and were taken to a hospital. The person in the minivan suffered a leg injury and was also taken to a hospital. 

Responders planned to stay on the scene for quite some time to monitor the light pole. 

"The pole more than likely is being held up by the bus right now. Once the wrecker company moves the bus off, we're concerned the pole is going to come down," says Brandon Fire Captain Matt Head. 

People who work near the site of the crash call the intersection dangerous.

"Well, the first thing I thought was, 'Not again,'" said Norma Patrick, who owns Town West Beauty Salon, and came into work Wednesday morning and saw the crash. "21 years I've been here, and this is the third major crisis we've had at this intersection. I just really appreciate the Brandon Fire Department being here as quickly as they were, and the policemen and everything. I just pray for everyone involved."

An electric company also responded to the scene to salvage as much of the traffic light as possible before the pole came down. 

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