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7 injured in semi-school bus collision in western Minnesota

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Seven people, some of them students, were injured in a collision between a semi-truck and school bus Wednesday morning near Renville, the Minnesota State Patrol reports.

The State Patrol says none of the injuries were life-threatening. Five students and two adults were injured in the crash, which happened at about 6 p.m.

Nineteen students were reportedly on the bus at the time of incident. The injured parties were taken to RC Hospital in Olivia for treatment, the West Central Tribune reports.

According to the State Patrol, the school bus was traveling west on Highway 212; the semi was traveling east but was turning north when the vehicles collided.

The State Patrol says the roadway was icy at the time of the accident.

The Tribune reports both drivers were wearing seat belts and that alcohol was not a factor. The semi driver was among those hurt in the crash, while the bus driver did not sustain any injuries, the paper says.

The State Patrol says Renville Police Department and the Renville County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene of the crash, as well as the Renville Ambulance and Renville Fire Department.

The mid-April snowstorm reportedly led to several traffic snarls north and west of the metro area Thursday morning. The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Kevin Gutknecht tweeted about the hazardous conditions.

The Star Tribune says the overpass on Hwy. 8 over Hwy. 61 in the Forest Lake/Wyoming area was closed by officials for a time because of glare ice. Motorists reportedly had a difficult drive on Highway 65 north of Cambridge, leading to two rollovers.

Icy roads were also to blame in a fatal crash in west-central Minnesota Wednesday, when a 43-year-old driver died as two big rigs got tangled in a pileup near Barnesville about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, a 65-year-old Aitkin woman died in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 55 near Buffalo, Forum News Service reports. The State Patrol says the woman died when her car slid into oncoming traffic. The roads were reportedly wet at the time of the mishap.

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