(Norfolk, Neb.)- The Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, is investigating the crash of a school bus and a semi-trailer truck, four miles west of Norfolk in Madison County. The accident happened at around 7:15 a.m. Monday.
The State Patrol says the accident involved a Mid-States school bus transporting students from Battle Creek Public Schools, and a semi- truck at the intersection of Highway 275 and 549 Avenue. The patrol says the school bus was northbound on 549 Avenue when it crossed the highway hitting a westbound semi-trailer truck. The school bus ended up in the ditch.
The patrol says two students were seriously injured. They were taken to Omaha hospitals. Six students were treated at Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk with minor injuries. The state patrol says there were 13 students and one driver on the bus.
The names of the students are not being released at this time. The driver of the school bus, Larry Prauner, 73, Battle Creek, and the driver of the semi, Stanley Jauer, 63, Hinton, Iowa, were not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Weather is believed to have been a factor in the crash with heavy fog in the area at the time.
The crash 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.