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Separate School Bus Accidents Injure Six

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Monday afternoon, there was a car/ school bus collision at an intersection south of Staples. On the school bus were students from the Staples-Motley School District . The bus was for special-needs students. Two students and the car driver were injured they were were taken to Lakewood Health System Hospital in Staples. The incident is still under investigation.

Monday evening, a school bus and a passenger van collided on US Hwy. #71 in Sebeka. The van left the scene of the crash and was found a short while later, abandoned along the highway north of Wadena.

It had to be scary for any parent to hear that a school bus is involved. The most resent research indicates that 17,000 children end up in the emergency room each year after being injured on the bus. Hopefully, more consideration will be given to adding seat belts to these buses.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a nice handbook that all children should review and parents should talk to them about. Each of my boys seemed to get something from it. I want to make sure on those days they take the bus they get back safely.