Thirteen students from Battle Creek Public Schools were injured, two in serious conditon, when a school bus collided with a semi tractor-trailer four miles west of Norfolk in Madison County this morning.
All of the students were taken to Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk. The two seriously injured students were transferred by ambulance to medical facilities in Omaha. The other students were treated and released.
No names have been released.
The Nebraska State Patrol says the semi traveling west on Highway 275 collided with the Mid-States school bus as it attempted to cross the highway from 549 Avenue. The impact drove the school bus into the ditch on the northwest corner of the intersection. The semi came to rest on the shoulder of the highway.
Neither the driver of the school bus, 73-year-old Larry Praune of Battle Creek, nor the driver of the semi, 63-year-old Stanley Jauer of Hinton, Iowa, was injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
The patrol says investigators believe weather played a role in the crash, because there was heavy fog in the area at the time of the wreck.
The investigation closed a portion of Highway 275 for several hours.
The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Norfolk and Battle Creek Police Departments, and the Norfolk and Battle Creek Fire and Rescue Departments.
Paul Hughes, WJAG, contributed to this article.