Two Sent to Hospital in Hibbing School Bus Crash
2 Taken to Hospital in Crash
The Hibbing Fire Department responded at 0704 a.m. to a report of vehicle vs. school bus crash.
Injuries were not know at the time of dispatch.
We dispatched 2 Advanced Life Support Ambulances, 1 Rescue truck, and our Battalion Chief in his response vehicle.
Due to the nature of this crash a Medical group was established on the scene to triage and evaluate the number of injured.
Chisholm ambulance was requested for mutual aid and responded with their two ambulances.
The bus was struck on the driver’s side by a smaller sedan.
The bus had the bus driver and 15 kids on board.
The passenger vehicle had 1 female driver.
After the impact the bus and passenger vehicle then slid into the ditch remaining upright.
The passenger vehicle was severely damaged in the crash but the bus appeared to do a very good job at keeping its occupants safe.
Of the 17 people involved in the crash- 2 were transported (the bus driver and one child) to UMCM Hibbing for evaluation with minor injuries.
A second bus was dispatched to the scene to transport the uninjured kids.
Our crews cleared the scene at 0843 a.m.
Additional assistance on the scene was Cherry First Responders, MN State Patrol, Hibbing Police, and St. Louis County Sheriffs.
We are grateful that there were no serious injuries in what could have been a tragic accident.
We would like to remind people the importance of attentive driving, and remind kids how important it is to remain seated while riding in a school bus.
According to the MN Dept. of Public Safety: In 2013 in MN, there were 732 traffic crashes where at least one school bus was involved.
In all there were 736 school buses directly involved in these crashes.
For 50% of the school bus drivers, officer reports showed there was “no clear contributing factor.”
The two contributing factors cited most often were driver inattention or distraction (16%) or failure to yield right of way (13%).
The third most frequently cited contributing factor was improper turn (11%).
The most commonly cited contributing factors attributed to drivers of other vehicles in school bus crashes were driver inattention or distraction (17%), failure to yield right of way (15%), and following too closely (10%).