Three buses crashed in the northbound lanes of I-196 near the Kalamazoo River -- the 9th accident in that area in recent weeks, a fire chief said.

Police, firefighters and paramedics responded to the scene just before 4 p.m. Sunday, July 31. Responding crews found a woman pinned underneath the steering wheel of a church bus and rescued her, Saugatuck Township Fire Chief Greg Janik said.

She was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two children also were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

A school bus later arrived to take more children away from the scene, according to WZZM 13's David Corbat.

The highway was closed for about two hours.

The crash happened as a result of a curve in the highway and excessive speed, Janik said. He last week told WZZM that some drivers are not ready for a sudden change of speed in that area near construction involving bridge work at I-196 and Old Allegan Road.

A school bus at the scene of a serious crash Sunday, July 31, near Saugatuck. Reports indicate the bus is there to pick up several children and take them away from the scene.
A school bus at the scene of a serious crash Sunday, July 31, near Saugatuck. Reports indicate the bus is there to pick up several children and take them away from the scene.

"This is the most extreme example of highway accidents I have seen," Janik said earlier. On Tuesday, July 26, said there were six crashes in two weeks in that area.

A Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman told WZZM they are monitoring road conditions in that area.

Drivers are asked to slow down, pay attention to conditions and follow traffic signage.