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Lac qui Parle Valley school bus driver and passenger suffer minor injuries in Swift County accident, 9 other students unharmed


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MADISON -- A school bus driver and a 17-year-old student suffered minor injuries while nine other students escaped injury when a Lac qui Parle Valley school bus left a rural highway on Wednesday morning.

Bus driver Leonard Meyer, 70, of Appleton, was treated at the Appleton Hospital and student passenger Kristen Schliep, 17, of Holloway, was treated at the Morris Hospital, both for minor injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported that the one-vehicle accident occurred at 7:36 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highways 12 and 59, north of Holloway. The 2010 school bus was eastbound when it left the road.

Students on the bus were checked by Emergency Medical Technicians at the scene. They boarded another bus and were transported to the Lac qui Parle Valley High School.

School Nurse Renaee Schreck also checked each student and their parents were contacted about the accident, according to Renae Tostenson, a school administrator who will be the district's superintendent at the start of the new year.

Tostenson told the Tribune that the students were doing well and all immediately began their normal school schedules. A number of the students were slated for physical education classes in the high school's indoor pool, and were eager to get to school, she added.

Tostenson said the school feels very fortunate that no serious injuries were suffered.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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