Wrong-way driver killed after colliding with bus in west Michigan

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Police say it might simply have been driver error.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 65-year-old woman is dead after Michigan State Police say she was driving the wrong way down the highway and collided with a charter bus in west Michigan.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m., Friday on northbound U.S.-131 near the exit ramp to 10 Mile Road.

The driver of the car, Mary Okke, died at the scene. Police also said her headlights were not on at the time of the crash.

"We do not suspect drugs or alcohol in the crash," said Sgt. Jason Nemecek of Michigan State Police in Rockford. "We simply believe it's possibly driver error at this time."

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The driver and lone occupant of the bus was taken to Butterworth Hospital with minor injuries, police said. 

The right lane and ramp were closed for more than two hours during the morning commute.

Nemecek said they don't see a lot of people turning the wrong way onto U.S.-131 in Rockford, but it's more common near Grand Rapids. Back in February, two people were killed in a similar crash near 28th street. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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