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Bus driver found dead in southwest Minnesota

A MACCRAY school bus driver was found deceased in Tyler, Minn., while waiting for the school's girls' basketball team Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, according to Tyler law enforcement.

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A photo of Jean Waltz from her Facebook page.
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TYLER, Minn. — A school bus driver was found deceased Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, while waiting for the MACCRAY High School's girls basketball team, according to a statement from Tyler Interim Police Chief Alexander Anderson.

According to Anderson, the driver, Jean Waltz, was waiting on the bus during basketball games between MACCRAY and Russell Tyler Ruthton High School from approximately 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The MACCRAY School District's bus service is provided by the Palmer Bus Company of Clara City, Minn.

An unresponsive Waltz was discovered by the girls basketball team members around 8 p.m., and the team members ran back to the school to call 911.

The Tyler Police Department, Tyler Ambulance and Tyler Fire Department responded to assist in CPR and to transport her to Avera Tyler Hospital to continue resuscitation efforts. Once at the Avera Tyler ER, life-saving efforts continued to be unsuccessful.

"After reviewing the school bus camera, when there is light it appears there is nothing out of the ordinary with the deceased individual. There is no visible activity on camera again during the dark until first responders arrive," Anderson wrote.

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The cause of death is pending an autopsy review by the Ramsey County Medical Examiners Office.

Palmer Bus Service has been the bus service company for the MACCRAY School District since 1997, according to the company's website.

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A school bus in an undated photo waits outside the MACCRAY High School in Clara City, Minn.
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Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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