UPDATED: Car, School Bus Crash in Fridley

Of 50 elementary students, 1 child had nosebleed; 2 from car went to hospital with non-lethal injuries.

Update (6:45 p.m. Tuesday): A school bus and car collided at 61st Avenue NE and Starlite Boulevard NE in Fridley Tuesday afternoon, leaving one student with a bloody nose and sending two people from the car to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

There were 50 elementary school students on the bus, according to Fridley Police Sgt. Jim Mork, but no other injuries to children he said he had been told attend .

He did not know the ages or other information about the two people from the car. He said he believed they went to the hospital mostly as a precaution.

Mork described the accident as two vehicles' front ends clipping each other at the L-shaped intersection, which has no stop signs or other controls. The bus was southbound on Starlite while the car was westbound on 61st. The intersection is immediately north of the Fridley Northstar train station.

Police received a report of the crash at 4:12 p.m. and were on the scene two minutes later, Mork said.

Voight's, the bus company, sent another bus to transport the children while the Minnesota State Patrol and state commercial vehicle inspectors conducted an investigation.

Two hours after the crash, all that remained from the incident were some skid marks and an emergency responder's rubber glove.

"Two people more than likely cut the corner more than they should have," Mork said of the cause of the crash.

Original post (5:30 p.m. Tuesday): A school bus-car crash in Fridley Tuesday afternoon left one person injured but Anoka County Emergency Dispatch said their office believed no one on the bus was injured.

There were no fatalities, the dispatch spokesperson said.

The incident occurred at 61st Avenue NE and Starlite Boulevard NE in Fridley.

An ambulance was sent to the scene after the dispatch office received reports of the crash.

Police are at the scene as of 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, the spokesperson said.

No other details were immediately available. KSTP.com carried early word of the crash.

The incident bookends the school year with during the first days of school in September 2011. In that incident also, injuries were limited to a person in the car. (No students were aboard the bus in the 2011 incident.)

Lisa June 06, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Way way to many crashes involving buses this year... Not sure how you can miss a bright yellow bus... I Have seen some close calls with my daughters bus this year more then once...
Chris Steller June 06, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Good point about how people can miss a bright yellow object, Lisa. Any idea what could account for it? The one last September seemed to be a case of simply not seeing a stopped object ahead of you. Both were slightly unusual situations: a railroad crossing on a state highway and an L-shaped intersection.
Julie Spurrier Erickson June 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
It was bus 4
Chris Steller June 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Julie, thanks for the info—and for uploading those photos!
Chris Steller June 06, 2012 at 06:35 PM
What can happen, only 15 hours later, in Roseville. A fatal car-school bus crash: http://patch.com/A-tR07


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