A video obtained by Janesville Gazette shows a Janesville Transit System bus crashing into a building after being struck by an SUV.
Janesville police said three people were injured in the Aug. 6 crash in the 2600 block of Wesley Avenue, just west of Pontiac Drive.
According to police, the bus was going down Wesley Avenue when an SUV failed to yield. Police said the bus driver took evasive action to avoid the car, but the seat belt failed and the bus driver lost control of the bus.
The bus driver suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital, according to police. Police said two passengers on the bus also suffered minor injuries.
Police said the house suffered major damage from the collision, but no one was home at the time of the crash. Police said a ticket was issued to the driver that failed to yield to the bus.
City Transit Director Dave Mumma sent the Janesville Gazette a photo of the malfunctioning belt, which shows the metal tongue that fits into the buckle had broken in two.
“There was no visible evidence of previous cracking or bending of this piece,” Mumma wrote in an email. “The manufacturer is also investigating why this particular unit, which is a replacement of the original seat belt in this bus, failed in service.”
The 69-year-old bus driver is expected to return to work after her medical leave.
The driver of the SUV, Carol L. Fuelleman, 55, of Janesville, was cited for failure to yield the right of way from a yield sign.