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UPDATE: Students injured when semi and school bus collide

RENVILLE –– Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a semi collided with a school bus near Renville.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the accident was happened at 6 p.m. on Highway 212, east of Renville when a 2-13 Freightliner driven by David R. Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, collided broadside with a school bus driven by Dennis M. Isaackson, 56, of Cottonwood.

The State Patrol accident report said the school bus was going west on Highway 212 and the semi was going east on Highway 212 and was in the process of turning north onto Renville County Road 21 when the two vehicles collided.

There were 19 passengers on the bus at the time. Five were taken to the hospital, including Erin Devereaux, 18, of Cottonwood, Kailey Haab, 18, of Woodlake, Sydney Matthys, 17, city unknown, Dennis Backson, 17, city unknown, Jocelyn Dopp, 18, Cottonwood and Josie Laleman, 33, of Minneota.

The bus passengers, as well Littlecreek-Wilbanks, were all taken to the RC Hospital in Olivia and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The school bus driver suffered no apparent injuries.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor. The road was icy at the time.

The Renville Police Department and the Renville County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene, along with Renville Ambulance and Renville Fire Department.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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