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Minor injuries reported in crash involving Willmar, Minn., school bus

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West Central Tribune
Minor injuries reported in crash involving Willmar, Minn., school bus
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- Minor injuries were reported after a Willmar school bus rear-ended a van this afternoon at the intersection of Olena Avenue and South First Street.

Willmar Police said the bus had 43 children on board but none were hurt. A replacement bus was sent to the crash scene to pick up the students and complete the rest of the bus route.

According to a report from police, the bus hit the rear of a 2003 Honda Odyssey van that was stopped in the northbound turning lane of Olena Avenue at the intersection with First Street. The crash happened at 2:40 p.m.

Police identified the driver of the van as Shanna Hofland, 33, of Willmar. A passenger in the van, 14-year-old Adrianna Hofland, was treated at the scene by Willmar Ambulance EMTs, then taken by private vehicle to Rice Memorial Hospital with a minor arm injury. The bus driver, 79-year-old Thomas Lehman of Willmar, was not hurt.

Willmar Police said the collision was low-speed. Both vehicles were later driven away from the scene.

Because the crash involved a school bus, the Minnesota State Patrol will be conducting a commercial vehicle inspection of the bus.