Minor injuries reported in school bus accident

Minor injuries were reported when a Cambridge-Isanti School bus tipped over around 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1. (Note, this picture was taken around 9 a.m. after the bus had tipped over. Photo by Luke Reiter)

School bus number 43, which is a Cambridge route, was carrying
approximately 60 students when it tipped over on its passenger side.

Rachel Kytonen
rachel.kytonen@ecm-inc.com

Minor injuries were reported when a Cambridge-Isanti School bus tipped over around 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

School bus number 43, which is a Cambridge route, was carrying approximately 60 students when it tipped over on its passenger side.

According to the Isanti County Sheriff’s Department, the school bus tipped over on 328th Ave. NE, just south of Hwy. 95, and two miles east of Cambridge, on the northeast side of Lake Fannie.

Right: Pictured is the bus around 7:30 a.m. when it was tipped over. (Photo provided to the Isanti County News by Jake Johnson)

The school bus was travelling south on the township road and moved over when it met an oncoming vehicle. The bus got too close to the edge of the road and slid off into the ditch and tipped over on its passenger side. Speed and icy roads do not appear to have been a factor in the incident.

Superintendent Bruce Novak, who got the phone call at 7:42 a.m. about the incident, said students were already boarding another bus when he arrived on scene less than 10 minutes later.

The students were transported to Cambridge Middle School where nurses, counselors and principals helped to address student needs. Novak said emergency personnel completed a thorough examination of 49 students and documented their injury as reported. Novak said injuries included bumps on the head, or sore wrists and fingers.

Novak said some parents arrived on scene, and took their children with them at that time.

Once the children arrived at Cambridge Middle School, Novak said they contacted their parents, who had the option of taking their children home, or having them attend class. Novak said each child was also given the opportunity to have some breakfast.

Novak said even during this tragedy, it’s important to note the caring nature of the district students.

“We had some wonderful older students taking care of the younger students during this time by either giving them a hug; helping them call their mom or dad; or helping them with their  personal belongings,” Novak said. “When we have a bad situation like this people are upset and concerned, and rightfully so—but it also showed we have some great students around here that help other students.”

Novak said he couldn’t give enough credit to the older students on the bus.

“We had a tragedy, it was an accident, and it showed that our kids are still doing the right thing,” Novak said.

Novak said the bus driver is physically doing okay, but is not doing well emotionally. When interviewed by law enforcement, his main concern was for the students.

Assisting the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office were the Cambridge Police Department and Allina Emergency Medical Systems. The Minnesota State Patrol was also notified and will be inspecting the bus.

Novak said there weren’t any injuries reported when a short, smaller school bus backed into a snowbank drift around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31.

The accident happened at Co. Rd. 5 NE and Flanders St. NE, in Isanti Township.

The smaller bus was carrying approximately six students. Novak said the bus was able to be towed out of the snowbank, and the students never had to exit the bus.

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