Students injured in bus rollover in northwestern Minn.
BAGLEY, Minn. — Seven students and the driver were injured when a school bus from Grand Rapids rolled early Monday morning, May 7, on U.S. Highway 2 about 6 miles east of Fosston. The bus was transporting students to a field trip in Crookston.
Jessica Setness, communications coordinator with Grand Rapids Schools, said 22 students and one staff member were heading to the Great Plains Youth Institute when the crash occurred at 8:18 a.m.
The eight injured were transported to emergency rooms in Bagley and Fosston, where they were treated for minor injuries such as cuts and abrasions.
Four more students and the instructor later were taken to an emergency room as a precautionary measure.
Setness said the cause of the crash was unknown yet late Monday morning.
Tom Lano, operations manager for KKCQ Radio in Fosston, said an eyewitness told him the bus had rolled into the median on a straight stretch of highway.
He said the Fosston school superintendent called the radio station so it could alert local families.
“The superintendent reached out to us to tell us it was not a local school bus,” Lano said. “People were getting pretty worried.”
Julie Rasmussen, administrative assistant to the Grand Rapids School superintendent, said updates would be released as they became available.
Lano said the uninjured passengers were being taken to schools in Fosston and Bagley, and Setness said a bus had been dispatched to pick up the students to return them to Grand Rapids.