Update: Five injured in Ada-Borup-West school bus crash with pickup
CLAY COUNTY, Minn. (KVRR) – Four Ada-Borup West students and the driver of a pickup are sent to the hospital following a crash in Clay County.
“When we arrived at the scene, it was just chaos. It’s a scene you never want to drive up to,” Kristi Oakland whose son’s thumb was broken in the crash said.
Around 7:30 Thursday morning first responders were sent to a crash involving a pickup with a construction trailer and an Ada-Borup-West school bus. It happened at 190th Avenue North and 40th Street about 10 miles northeast of Georgetown.
One student was taken to a Fargo hospital by Airmed and three others were taken to the hospital by ambulance, all with non-life threatening injuries. The bus driver isn’t hurt. The driver of the pickup was taken to a Fargo hospital with significant injuries, but non-life threating.
Authorities say he may be to blame for the crash.
“This intersection is controlled by a yield sign. It appears the driver failed to yield at that intersection,” Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said.
Authorities say there is no indication drugs or alcohol are involved.
The school district notified families and students were picked up by parents or guardians.
“They were saying they had headaches, so we wanted to get their heads checked and he had a broken thumb also, so we’re really thankful that’s all it was though for us,” Oakland said.
Like many difficult events, people were willing to do what they could to help others including the bus driver who made sure students were ok.
“Some passing motorists that were also tending to the care of the children upon our arrival, so we appreciate their assistance as well,” Empting said.
Ada-Borup West Superintendent Aaron Cook is thankful the outcome of the crash wasn’t worse and thanks the swift response from first responders.