Southwest Minnesota School Bus AccidentAuthor / Coordinator:
Five students from the
The intersection where the accident happened is an uncontrolled intersection, meaning there’s no stop sign or traffic light. According to the Pipestone County Sheriff, the car was traveling south on
“The passenger vehicle struck the mid section of the school bus, was underneath the school bus and was ejected out from behind the school bus,” said Pipestone County Sheriff Dan Delaney.
The bus ended up in a field, while the car remained badly damaged on the street near the intersection. All that was left of the Ford Probe was a crumpled mess of metal.
The bus driver told law enforcement he was almost finished with his route when the accident happened so his bus was nearly empty, with just five students left onboard.
“It’s very fortunate there weren’t more children on the bus or there could have been more injuries,” Delaney said.
The driver of the car was also uninjured. But the car’s passenger was rushed to a nearby hospital for severe injuries to her head. Later, she was flown to a hospital in
“Whether its careless or reckless driving there are many different factors that can happen,” Delaney said.
The road was closed as officials mapped out the crash and collected information from the intersection, which also happens to be an element of this crash that officials haven’t ruled out as part of the cause.
“It’s an uncontrolled intersection, we’ve had severe accidents happen at intersections like this in the past,” he said.
The name of the passenger who was taken to the hospital in
The Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.