Patrol: School bus failed to yield before Hwy. 53 crash |

Patrol: School bus failed to yield before Hwy. 53 crash

Updated: December 01, 2021 02:07 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 05:57 PM

A report from the Minnesota State Patrol says a school bus failed to yield before a Tuesday crash on U.S. Highway 53.

The crash happened at about 5:30 p.m. in the southbound lanes at Caribou Lake road in Grand Lake Township, just west of Hermantown.

According to the patrol's report, a bus that was southbound on Caribou Lake Road "pulled across the southbound lanes of Highway 53 failing to yield." The bus collided with a southbound van.

The driver of the van, a 68-year-old Duluth man, was extricated from the wreckage and taken to a hospital. His injuries are not considered not life-threatening.

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad said in a social media post that it and the Grand Lake Fire Department used nearly every tool they had to extricate the victim from the van.

"Seatbelts and airbags clearly kept this from becoming a fatality. Please wear your seatbelt. Fifty years of research, data, and experience have proven this one act saves lives," the Rescue Squad wrote.

No one on the bus was injured. The bus was driven by a 62-year-old Duluth man and had four passengers, ages 7 and 8.

It's not known if the bus driver will face a citation.



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