No injuries were reported following a school bus accident on Tuesday, Sept. 18, just west of Isanti.
The Isanti County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a property damage crash involving Cambridge-Isanti School District #911 bus number 68 on Co. Road 5, just west of Co. Rd. 10, near Palm St. NW in Bradford Township at 7:34 a.m.
According to the press release from the sheriff’s department, Isanti County deputies, along with members of the State Patrol and Isanti Police department, arrived on scene and learned that the bus was rear-ended by a passenger car.
According to Cambridge-Isanti Superintendent Bruce Novak, approximately 50 children were on the school bus at the time of the accident.
He said the children remained on the bus until another bus arrived and transported the children to the Isanti Intermediate School where they were checked out by the school nurses and parents were notified.
“I got the call this morning around 7:38 a.m. and arrived on scene shortly thereafter,” Novak said. “I saw all the students were doing okay and were taking care of each other. We never want to have accidents like this, but everything went according to plan. All the district’s plans, procedures and protocol were followed. It was really nice to see the compassion all our students and staff have for each other.”
Isanti County Sheriff Chief Deputy Bill Guenther said he was driving to work when he learned about the accident.
“I was the first one on scene and when I arrived I saw the bus was parked in the traffic lane heading east on Co. Rd. 5 and there was a car behind it with major front end damage,” Chief Deputy Guenther said. “A couple of citizens were out doing traffic control and the kids were still on the bus. I made sure the kids were all okay and then other officers arrived. School district officials also arrived on scene and had everything under control.”
Guenther said the female driver of the passenger car was travelling alone and was transported by her mother to the hospital with minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Patrol as well as their commercial vehicles division.
Those responding to the scene were members from the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, Isanti County Safety and Rescue, Isanti Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.