ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Update: No injuries reported after school bus involved in crash on U.S. Highway 12 in Kandiyohi, Minnesota

No injuries were reported when a pickup crashed into the rear of a school bus Monday morning on U.S. Highway 12 in Kandiyohi.

Bus-pickup crash on Sept. 12, 2022
A school bus and a pickup were involved in a crash Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, on U.S. Highway 12 on the east side of Kandiyohi, Minnesota.
Kelly Boldan / West Central Tribune
We are part of The Trust Project.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated twice since original publication with additional details from the Willmar School District, including that no students were injured.

KANDIYOHI — No one was injured when a pickup truck rear-ended a Palmer Bus Service school bus Monday morning in Kandiyohi.

The crash occurred about 8 a.m. on the east side of Kandiyohi on U.S. Highway 12. The bus appeared to have been struck in the right rear by a pickup truck owned by Fairfield Equipment of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Palmer Bus is one of two companies that drive for Willmar Public Schools. Penny Dahlberg, manager of Palmer Bus, could not be reached Monday morning.

Willmar Superintendent Jeff Holm said he got a call about the crash around 8 a.m. Later Monday he said there were seven students on the bus when it was struck.

ADVERTISEMENT

Another bus was sent to pick up the children and complete the route, Holm said. Neither the bus nor the other vehicle involved in the crash could be moved until the Minnesota State Patrol arrived to examine the scene.

Lakeland Elementary School Principal Gretchen Baumgarn notified him that the students had arrived safely at the school, Holm said.

“We’re always glad when everyone walks away unharmed,” he said, and the safety of students going to and from school is always a concern.

“We’re really grateful to work with the bus companies we have, because they do place a high value on safety,” he said.

Single-lane traffic was being routed past the accident scene by Kandiyohi Fire Department personnel at about 8 a.m. Monday.

Kandiyohi County Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Atwater Ambulance also responded to the scene.

The original story published just after 9:30 a.m. Monday is below.

KANDIYOHI — A Palmer Bus Service school bus and a pickup were involved in a crash Monday morning on U.S. Highway 12 on the east side of Kandiyohi.

ADVERTISEMENT

The school bus appeared to be struck in the right rear section by a pickup truck owned by Fairfield Equipment of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Single-lane traffic was being routed past the accident scene by Kandiyohi Fire Department personnel at about 8 a.m. Monday.

Agencies responding included the Kandiyohi County Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Atwater Ambulance units.

Further details were not immediately available. Follow wctrib.com for more on this developing story.

Kelly Boldan has been editor of West Central Tribune and Wctrib.com in Willmar, Minnesota, since October 2001. He joined Forum Communications Co. in November 1998 as editor of the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer.
Boldan can be reached via email: editor@wctrib.com or telephone: 320-214-4331.
What To Read Next
The driver was uninjured Saturday when he smelled smoke as he was leaving Paynesville and saw flames coming out of it.
The Kandiyohi County Board will be considering a request for American Rescue Plan Act funds and a letter of support to go towards a broadband project in several townships.
The museum showcases a wide variety of people, places and things from the 150 years of the county's past.
The Tribune publishes Records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record. All items are written by Tribune staff members based on information contained in public documents from the state court system and from law enforcement agencies. It is the Tribune’s policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.