'Heroic' North Dakota school bus driver dies one week after crash


The North Dakota school bus driver credited with saving dozens of kids from serious injury during a crash last week has died.

Cathy Jostad, of Kindred, was driving 34 students and three other adults on a field trip last Friday when heavy fog caused a collision between the bus and a semi truck on Highway 46. Jostad was the only adult to suffer injuries; none of the kids were hurt, the Forum reported.

And according to a number of parents whose children were in the accident, it was because Jostad saw what was coming and bravely took the impact of the crash instead of turning the wheel, the paper said.

She was badly injured. According to a CaringBridge profile created by her daughter, Jostad was pinned in the bus for nearly an hour, and though initially "awake and talking" at the scene, went into respiratory and cardiac arrest on the ride to the hospital.

From there, she ran into further complications, required transfusions, and had to have both legs amputated above the knee, as the multiple fractures there were "the main source of her blood loss."

But days later, the page issued an update.

"Sadly after a courageous fight Mom passed away today shortly after midnight," Jostad's daughter wrote Friday morning.

Earlier this week, Jostad and her "heroic acts" were honored in a prayer vigil, which was attended by students, community members and even "fellow bus drivers" from other districts, according to KVRR.

Funeral arrangements are underway in Fargo.

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