Lakeview bus involved in collision resulting in minor injuries

A school bus carrying Lakeview High School students was involved in a crash with a semi truck near Renville just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The driver of the semi and several bus passengers were treated for injuries, but Lakeview Superintendent Chris Fenske said Thursday that the students’ injuries were very minor.

Fenske said the school bus was carrying 16 students returning from a field trip to Chanhassen, when it was caught in the snowy and icy conditions Wednesday afternoon.

“The bus was not going at normal speeds, because of the road conditions,” Fenske said.

The school bus was westbound on U.S. Highway 212 at about 6:18 p.m. when it collided with a semi turning north onto Renville County Road 21, the State Patrol said. Both vehicles received severe damage, the State Patrol said. The driver of the semi, David Littlecreek-Wilbanks, 50, of Granite Falls, was taken to the Renville County Hospital in Renville with non life-threatening injuries.

Several students were checked for injuries, but “it was all really minor,” Fenske said. The State Patrol report noted only non life-threatening injuries for the students.

The driver of the bus received no apparent injuries, and the physical condition of an adult passenger on the bus was not documented by the State Patrol.

Fenske said Lakeview School contacted the students’ families after receiving word of the crash from the State Patrol and continued to update them on the situation.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office and the Renville Police Department also responded at the scene of the crash.