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TPD: Deceased bus crash victim identified

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 16:23:21-04

Tulsa police have released the name of the driver who died after crashing into a school bus in the 12700 block of East Pine Tuesday afternoon.

Police said Russell Pleasant, 34, was carrying wooden pallets on top of his SUV. When the pallets shifted, Pleasant overcorrected and crashed into the bus.

Officials said Pleasant died on impact.

Officials said the bus was carrying the girls basketball team from Skiatook Public Schools. The coach was driving the bus back from a summer league. 

TPD said the bus driver tried to brake to avoid the crash but could not. 

None of the students on the bus were injured. The coach was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Students on the bus said the windshield broke and he was cut by the glass. 

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