Two students were seriously injured Monday morning when a school bus and a semi-truck collided near Norfolk. Nebraska State Patrol Spokeswoman Deb Collins said heavy fog contributed to the accident, which occured four miles west of Norfolk in Madison County.
Collins said a Mid-States school bus transporting students from Battle Creek public schools and a semi-truck collided around 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 275 and 549 Avenue.
Apparently, the school bus was northbound on 549 Avenue when it went north across the highway and collided with the westbound semi-truck.
The school bus went into the ditch on a corner of the intersection. The semi-truck came to rest on the shoulder of the highway, Collins said.
There were 13 students and one driver on the bus. Eight students were taken to Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk.
Two of them were seriously injured and were transferred by ambulance from the Norfolk hospital to medical facilities in Omaha, Collins said.
The other six students received minor injuries and are expected to be treated and released.
The names of the students have not been released.
School bus driver Larry Prauner, 73, of 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, Collins said.
The crash and subsequent investigation closed a portion of U.S. 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, Collins said.