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News Briefs: Students injured when truck, school bus collide near Renville

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Editor's note: The following news briefs are from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota.

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Students injured when truck, school bus collide

RENVILLE, Minn. –– Seven people, including five teens, were injured Wednesday when a truck collided with a school bus on an icy road near Renville in west-central Minnesota.

None of the injuries were life-threatening.

The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident on Minnesota Highway 212 happened at 6 p.m. when a tractor-trailer driven by David R. Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, broadsided a school bus driven by Dennis M. Isaackson, 56, of Cottonwood.

The State Patrol accident report said the truck was in the process of turning north onto Renville County Road 21 when it collided with the oncoming bus.

There were 19 passengers on the bus. Five were taken to the hospital, including Erin Devereaux, 18, of Cottonwood, Kailey Haab, 18, of Woodlake, Sydney Matthys, 17, city unknown, Dennis Backson, 17, city unknown, Jocelyn Dopp, 18, Cottonwood, and Josie Laleman, 33, of Minneota.

The bus passengers, as well Littlecreek-Wilbanks, were all taken to the RC Hospital in Olivia and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The school bus driver suffered no apparent injuries.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts, and alcohol was not a factor.

Woman dead after three-vehicle accident

BUFFALO, Minn. -- A three-vehicle crash in central Minnesota killed an Aitkin woman Wednesday evening.

Karen Tibbetts, 65, was killed after losing control of her vehicle and sliding into oncoming traffic on Minnesota Highway 55 near Buffalo , the Minnesota State Patrol reported.

Brett Riske, 28, of Maple Grove, and Jon Tank, 43, of Buffalo, were the drivers of the other vehicles involved in the accident.

Riske was uninjured and Tank’s condition was listed as unknown.

Conditions were described as wet at the time of the accident.

Buffalo is about 30 miles west of Minneapolis in Wright County.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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