Four people have died, including two schoolchildren, in a school bus crash in south-central Nebraska.
Four other children were injured. One is listed in serious condition at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, where she was transferred after being stabilized at Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital in Hastings.
Webster County authorities have released few details about the collision between a Blue Hill Community School District bus and a semi tractor-trailer loaded with hay at the intersection of County Roads 1800 and R.
The wreck occurred late Wednesday afternoon. Both the driver of the bus and the driver of the truck died in the crash. Two schoolchildren on the bus died in the wreck. Names have not been released.
Four children suffered injuries, some suffering burns. The truck caught fire. The fire spread to the bus, which landed in a ditch after the impact.
Lisa Brandt with Mary Lanning Healthcare told Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KICS that the injured children range in ages from six to 10 years old. In addition to the girl airlifted to Omaha, a girl is listed in stable condition, being treated for lacerations and burns to her hands and feet; a boy is listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries; and another boy was treated and released last night.
Blue Hill School Superintendent Joel Ruybalid told KHAS TV that school officials decided to hold classes today to “help our families, students and staff get through this terrible tragedy”. Crisis teams and grief counselors from surrounding school districts are present at Blue Hill. All other activities have been cancelled.
Blue Hill is a small community located approximately 20 miles south of Hastings in south-central Nebraska.
Tyson Havranek, KICS, contributed to this report.