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Students escape serious injury in Bemidji school bus crash

HELGA TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- All 19 students on a Bemidji school bus escaped serious injury after a collision with another vehicle Tuesday morning, Oct. 30.

HELGA TOWNSHIP, Minn. - All 19 students on a Bemidji school bus escaped serious injury after a collision with another vehicle Tuesday morning, Oct. 30.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the bus also suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The crash occurred at 7:05 a.m. in Helga Township just south of Bemidji, according to a release from Bemidji Area Schools Superintendent Tim Lutz.

The bus was traveling west on Hubbard County Road 9 and a Toyota Camry driven by Kristine Bommersbach, 28, of Bemidji, was traveling south on 229th Avenue (Hubbard County Road 98), according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Camry went through the intersection, the Patrol said, and struck the bus on the front driver’s side. Bommersbach and a passenger in the Camry were taken by ambulance to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

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A total of 19 students were on the bus at the time of the collision, the Bemidji Area Schools’ release said, and some suffered bumps and bruises. Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene, and all students were checked over at the site. All students were released to their parents or sent to their schools, the release said.

Bommersbach was wearing a seat belt and the Camry’s airbag did deploy, the Patrol said.

Also responding to the scene were the Bemidji Fire Department, Bemidji Ambulance, Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office and Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office.

Related Topics: HUBBARD COUNTY
Robb Jeffries (he/him) is the Night Editor for InForum.com and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Robb can be reached at rjeffries@forumcomm.com.
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