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Two Grand Ledge students' Jeep collided with a school bus on Thursday morning, leaving the two teens in the hospital. The driver, a high school student, is reportedly in stable condition, while the passenger, a middle schooler, was reported as in critical condition. Neither of the students' names or ages have been released.

The crash occured on Thursday morning when the driver of the Jeep was headed southbound on Nixon at about 7:40 a.m. She apparently lost control on the icy road and slid into the path of the school bus. The crash occured in front of Willow Ridge Elementary School and forced police to shut down the road for several hours. An investigation is still under way and two adults are also reportedly in the hospital with unknown injuries.

This type of accident demonstrates how critically important it is to be careful during winter weather conditions. Although the roads may look ice-free, black ice is a serious problem that many drivers don't recognize until they are slipping and sliding on the roadways. One study found that driving on black ice is five times as dangerous as driving in normal conditions because black ice is so clear and forms without any air bubbles. Black ice is also most likely to form in the morning or at night. There isn't much else you can do except to be wary of roadways when the temperatures drop and drive slowly and carefully. Be careful out there and stay safe!

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