16 people, including young children, injured when car crashes into school bus


Sixteen people, including 11 young children, were injured when a car crashed head-on into a school bus Monday morning in western Minnesota.

The State Patrol incident report says a Kia Soul, traveling westbound on Highway 212 east of Granite Falls around 7 a.m., crossed the center line and hit the school bus, which was traveling eastbound on the highway and went off the road after impact.

The bus was carrying 11 children, aged from infant to 6-years-old, and two female adults from the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council. They were transported to area hospitals; their injuries are listed as not life-threatening, the state patrol notes.

The driver of the car – a 33-year-old man from Granite Falls – was also taken to a local hospital, the state patrol says. His passenger, a 28-year-old woman from Detroit Lakes, was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center, the West Central Tribune says. She is listed in satisfactory condition, MPR News says.

The Tri-Valley Opportunity Council operates a Migrant Heat Start school in Danube, the West Central Tribune says.

Damage to the school bus was listed as severe on the state patrol's incident report; the Kia Soul was deemed totaled. The accident remains under investigation, reports note.

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