One child injured after van collides with school bus Monday in Willmar

A van and a school bus collided Monday morning at an uncontrolled intersection in Willmar, causing a minor injury to one child. Seven children were on the bus at the time of the crash.

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WILLMAR — One child suffered minor injuries Monday morning when a school bus and van collided at an uncontrolled intersection near Roosevelt Elementary School.

The crash at about 8:30 a.m. was at 22nd Street and 20th Avenue Southwest and involved a bus and a full-size van.

The bus had seven school-aged children on it, according to a news release from Willmar Police Department Capt. Michael Anderson. One child had a minor injury and was transported to Carris Health — Rice Memorial Hospital by CentraCare Emergency Medical Services. There were no other injuries.

The bus could be driven from the scene, but the van was towed.

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In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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