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I-69 driver dies after hitting bus

A man driving a sport utility vehicle died after rear-ending a bus early Sunday on Interstate 69, south of Goshen Road, according to Fort Wayne police.

The man was traveling north on I-69 in a silver Chevrolet SUV when he hit the back of a black bus headed the same direction, police said.

After the collision, the SUV hit the center wall, and the bus left the scene without stopping. The driver of a northbound pickup truck tried to avoid the wreck but lost control and spun around, hitting the back of the SUV, police said.

The crash was reported just after 3:30 a.m. The SUV driver died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said. No other injuries were reported.

Police initially thought the SUV had struck a semi but later learned the bus had been hit. Officers eventually found the bus in the 9800 block of Coldwater Road, near East Till Road, and investigators questioned the driver. As of Sunday afternoon, there was no word on whether the driver would face charges, police said.

Police described the bus as a “party bus,” one that might ferry people from bar to bar. It was not known whether any passengers were on board at the time of the crash.

The northbound lanes of I-69 were closed between Illinois and Goshen roads until 8:15 a.m. while authorities investigated the collision.

The identities of the drivers were not released.

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