Two students were seriously injured in a school bus crash four miles outside of Norfolk Monday morning.
The crash happened at 7:15 a.m. at Highway 275 and 549th Avenue. Battle Creek School Superintendent Jay Bellar tells Channel 6 News that the bus was transporting 12 Battle Creek Public School students when it was hit by a semi. The impact of the crash forced the bus into the ditch. The semi came to a rest on the shoulder of the highway.
Two students suffered severe head injuries and were taken to Omaha. One student went to Children's Hospital and Medical Center, the other is at Creighton University Medical Center. Officials said the other 10 students were treated and released for minor injuries. The students range in age from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Bellar says he headed out immediately to the scene when he heard about the crash. "By the time I got out there I was watching the students being evacuated out the back," said Bellar. "And they said we have some that are in serious shape. And take precautions to make sure they are okay."
Superintendent Bellar said all the kids on the bus were shaken up.
"They were scared. And they saw their friends in a bad situation. And it was scary for them," Bellar said.
The driver of the school bus, 73-year-old Larry Prauner, and the driver of the semi, 63-year-old Stanley Jauer, were not injured. Both were wearing seat belts.
According to officials, neither driver saw each other due to the dense fog. The crash closed a portion of Highway 275 for several hours; however, it has since reopened.
Photos courtesy of Norfolk Daily News.