UPDATE: Children involved in bus crash released from hospital, drivers identified

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 9:37 AM CDT
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CLAY COUNTY, MINN. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The four children taken to the hospital after the Oct. 14 Ada-Borup-West school bus crash have been released from the hospital and are recovering, according to the Clay Co. Sheriff’s office.

Authorities identified 30-year-old Joel Shipley from Fargo as the driver of the pickup.

Clay Co. Sheriff Mark Empting said 61-year-old Todd Kappes of Ada has been identified as the school bus driver.

Empting said the investigation is still on going. Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the County Attorney to determine charges.

UPDATE: The Superintendent of Ada-Borup-West said Thursday morning, one of their school busses was involved in an accident at the intersection of county roads 70 and 103 in Clay County.

Superintendent Aaron Cook says at the time of the accident, the bus was traveling east on county road 70.

Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting said one child was airlifted to a Fargo hospital, and three other students along with the driver of the pickup were taken by ambulance.

Empting said it appears the driver of the pickup failed to yield.

Becca Babolian has two kids in the school district and lives just a few minutes away from where the crash happened.

“I felt like my heart stopped and then it felt like my heart was going 100 miles per hour…because that’s the road that I live on that’s straight West of me.” said Babolian.

Cook says some of the injuries are considered to be serious, but non-life threatening. Other students who were on the bus at the time of the crash were picked up by their parents or guardians.

Cook says the school district is thankful that the outcome of the accident was not worse.

ORIGINAL: Children were rushed to the hospital following a school bus crash in Clay County.

The crash happened sometime in the morning of Thursday, Oct. 14. at the intersection of 190th Ave. N. and 40th St. N.

Viewers say it was an Ada-Borup-West School bus involved in the crash. Pictures sent in show the crash involved a pickup hauling a trailer and the bus.

The Clay County Sheriff confirmed the crash with Valley News Live and says more information will be released shortly.

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