Isanti woman sustains serious injuries in crash

Roger and Jane Anderson have been in Bangkok since October teaching in English school

An Isanti woman remains hospitalized in Bangkok, Thailand after sustaining serious injuries in a tour bus crash.

Roger and Jane Anderson started teaching in the Santisuk English School in October and planned on being in Thailand for one month.

However, while the Andersons were on a tour bus the third weekend in October with other teachers and students from the school, there was an accident.

Jane Anderson, pictured with her husband Roger, has been in a Bangkok hospital since sustaining serious injuries in a tour bus crash the third weekend in October. Photos provided by Judy Anderson

Jane Anderson, pictured with her husband Roger, has been in a Bangkok hospital since sustaining serious injuries in a tour bus crash the third weekend in October. Photos provided by Judy Anderson

“The bus was going down a mountainous road and missed a turn so it turned around,” explained daughter Judy Anderson, a 2005 graduate of Cambridge-Isanti High School and preschool teacher at Cambridge Christian School. “As the bus was coming back down it lost control and I guess there were also some brake issues. The driver tried making it around the curve of the mountain, but drove into a concrete barrier on the side of the hill, which stopped the bus from going down the side of the hill.”

Judy explained her mother Jane dislocated vertebrae in her upper neck and underwent surgery. As of last week, Jane still doesn’t have any movement or feeling in her legs.

“My mother is doing a lot of physical therapy on her arms and her hands and working on her fine motor skills,” Judy explained. “She has met several goals with her physical therapy, but we are still thinking it will be later in December before she will be able to come home. An aviation doctor has to give her permission before she can travel home.”

A picture of the tour bus after crashing into a concrete barrier along the side of a mountainous road.

A picture of the tour bus after crashing into a concrete barrier along the side of a mountainous road.

A benefit account has been set up at Wells Fargo to help the family with medical expenses. The official name on the account is “Jane Anderson Benefit Fund” and donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank.

Judy explained her father remains in Bangkok and continues to teach while living in an apartment close to the school and the hospital. He sustained some major bruising and swelling in the legs from the accident, but otherwise was fine.

“I got a text message from my father about the accident on Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t say too much at the time,” Judy said. “I then got an email from my father saying they were in a bus accident and my mother was in the intensive care unit at the hospital. I tried calling and getting in touch all weekend, and then got more details after hearing from my father late Sunday night.”

Judy said her father is doing as well as he can.

“There are some days he’ll talk about the improvements mom is making and about the things she can do,” Judy said. “And then there are other days when he’s really tired and just wants to come home. He’s been spending time keeping busy and has continued to teach in the English school.”

The Andersons are active in Elim Baptist Church in Isanti, and Jane is a retired teacher with the St. Francis School District. Roger works for the Children’s Shelter of Cebu, which recently relocated from Cambridge to Arden Hills.

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