A school bus collided with a semi tractor-trailer loaded with hay late Wednesday afternoon in south-central Nebraska, killing four and injuring at least four others.
Some of those injured in the crash were burned. The truck caught fire and the fire spread to the school bus, which belonged to the Blue Hill Community School District.
Few details have been released by Webster County authorities, except to report that the accident occurred at the intersection of County Roads 1800 and R.
A dispatcher with the Webster County Sheriff’s Department says both the driver of the school bus and the driver of the truck died in the crash. The other two who died were passengers of the school bus, according to the dispatcher. No identification or names have been released by authorities.
Reports from the area indicate that four children, ages 6 to 10, were taken to Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings. One of the children was transferred to Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha.
Blue Hill is a small community located approximately 20 miles south of Hastings in south-central Nebraska.