Kids OK in bus-truck collisionPublished 11:25am Friday, September 14, 2012
A bus carrying 46 Cleveland Elementary School students was in a traffic accident Thursday morning in the intersection of Friberg and Randolph avenues.
The school district reported no injuries, but police said four children complained of back pain or soreness after the collision.
The accident occurred around 8:20 a.m. A transfer bus from Kennedy Secondary School to Cleveland Elementary was facing east on Randolph and attempting to turn right onto Friberg.
Police said the bus driver, Ronald Dean Schetnan, 67, failed to see a delivery truck driven by Robert Wynn, 57, which was already headed north on Friberg. The bus entered the intersection and ran into the left side of the truck, causing damage to both vehicles.
No one required medical treatment or an ambulance, although a school nurse checked out students who complained of issues resulting from the collision.
When police arrived, the school was already transferring students onto a different bus to take them to Cleveland. Superintendent Jerry Ness said the students were all spoken to about the incident as a group. The children then called their parents, with all but two students able to reach their parents. Those parents were reached later in the day.
“We’re glad all the students were safe,” said Ness.
The general manager of Ottertail Minn-Dakota Coaches, the bus company that serves Fergus Falls Public Schools, could not be reached for comment.