The transportation coordinator for Larimore Public Schools has received a number of inquiries about a Larimore, N.D., school bus crash Wednesday, but said parents should not be concerned. Henry Smith said the bus driver, Kenneth Brunk, 70, has a good record and more than 10 years of experience.
No students were hurt in the crash, which occurred at 39th Avenue and U.S. Highway 2, two miles west of Larimore.
Federal safety regulators have begun investigating buses made by Motor Coach Industries Inc. over the past 20 years because the drive shafts can fall out and cause drivers to lose control. Schaumburg, Ill.-based MCI, which says it's the leading maker of intercity buses in the U.S. and Canada, has an assembly plant in Pembina, N.D.
VIDEO: Watch at bottom of article A tourist bus slammed head-on into a concrete wall in a Swiss Alps tunnel, killing 28 people, mostly children returning from a ski vacation. Swiss police said today the vehicle was not speeding and everyone was wearing seat belts.
A torch-light march. Ravioli and meatball dinners. Rides in a funicular railway. A sing-a-long and a dress-up casino evening. Those were some of the things that made last week "mega-cool" for 24 sixth graders at the St. Lambertus school in a hotel in Saint-Luc, high in the Swiss Alps.
A Montana bus driver who was warned by police that a passenger could be problematic said it was helpful that she has experience working with a mentally impaired relative when it came time to get a delusional man off of the bus this morning. Dickinson, N.D., area law enforcement arrested a passenger 18 miles east of Dickinson on the Trailways bus headed to Miles City, Mont., from Fargo at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, bus driver Cindy Ward of Miles City said.
A Pelican Rapids, Minn., man is in critical condition in Sanford Health in Fargo after falling from a school bus converted to a party bus early Sunday morning, the county sheriff's office reported today.
Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Craig Schoneberg said the semitrailer overturned about 2 a.m. and was blocking westbound lanes when the bus ran into it. He said the accident occurred about two miles east of the Gibbon, Neb., exit.
The Metropolitan Council recently told Dakota County that funding to operate the buses was a casualty of the state budget deal. With construction well underway and new transit stations already dotting the corridor, officials are now scrambling to find a source of about $1 million annually to operate the transit line, hailed as a cheaper alternative to light rail.
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