No one hurt in Wednesday school bus crash in Farmington
Some Boeckman Middle School students had an exciting first day back to school after the holiday break. The school bus they were riding to school Wednesday morning was broadsided by another vehicle just a block from the school.
No one was hurt in the two-vehicle accident, which occurred around 7:25 a.m. at the intersection of Denmark Avenue and Spruce, though both the school bus and the car that hit it had to be towed from the scene.
According to Farmington police officer Jason Amundson, the 2012 International school bus was heading south on Denmark Avenue to drop off the 43 BMS students on board. It was struck by a 2005 Dodge Stratus, driven by a 37-year-old Farmington man, who ran the stop sign on Spruce Street and entered the intersection as the bus was passing.
The car broadsided the bus on the bus's left side, hitting the back axel. The car received extensive damage and had to be towed. The bus had to be towed due to the damage to the back axel.
The bus driver notified Marschall Bus Lines of the accident, and the bus company in turn notified Boeckman Middle School principal Dan Miller. Marschall Lines sent a second bus to the scene, and bus staff checked out each student to make sure there were no injuries on board. The bus's 60-year-old female driver also received no injuries, Amundson said.
Medics were not called to the accident because no one received injuries.
Students were moved from the first bus to the second, then transported the rest of the way to BMS, where Miller and the school nurse were waiting for them.
"Once we get them here, we follow up with them as well," Miller said. "For lack of a better term, we collect them in a central spot, have the school nurse check in with them and make sure everything we got matches with what the bus company has. It went really smooth this morning."
In fact, Miller said, students were anxious to get back to class.
"The kids were just awesome. They were very cooperative on the scene and once they got here," Miller said. "They were great. They were patient. They were more than happy to get back to class."
Once Miller had a handle on the situation, he sent an email to parents to let them know about the accident. If there were cause for concern on behalf of the school nursing staff, parents would have been contacted by a telephone call. Since no injuries were reported, Miller felt the email notice was sufficient.
The driver of the Dodge Stratus has received citations for failing to yield right of way and failing to drive with due care and control, Amundson said. As in all accidents involving a school bus, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to do a reconstruction and report of the accident.