By Ryan Gueningsman
INDEPENDENCE, MN Two Montrose youth received minor injuries when a school bus went off the road in Independence the morning of Feb. 25.
Just after 7:20 a.m., officers from West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) received a call of a school bus crash with unknown injuries on Highway 12 at Hennepin County Road 90 in Independence.
While en route, officers were advised that there were school- aged children in the bus and there were possible injuries, according to WHPS.
Upon arrival, Officer Jon Howes observed a school bus owned by Brooklyn Center Public Schools, District ISD 286, that was partially lying on top of a snowbank.
Inside the school bus, Howes found two juvenile passengers with minor injuries.
Maple Plain Fire Rescue and North Memorial Ambulance Care Unit (NMCU) arrived on the scene, and paramedics assisted with the care of the two children who had minor injuries.
Minnesota State Patrol was notified and conducted a commercial motor vehicle inspection of the bus.
Preliminary investigation of the crash indicates the bus driver, Charles Sievert, 64 of Brooklyn Park, was traveling eastbound on Highway 12 when he struck an icy spot on the roadway, causing the bus to veer to the right, traveling through the snowy ditch, and ending up partially on its side on top of the snowbank.
A 6-year-old female and 5-year-old male juvenile, both from Montrose, were helped out through the emergency back door.
The juveniles’ mother responded to the scene and they were released to her.
Howes advised “to pay attention and focus on your task of driving as the roads may look clear but there may be ice-covered areas on the roadway.”
WHPS was assisted by the Maple Plain Fire and Rescue, Three Rivers Park Police, and the North Memorial Ambulance Care Unit.