A Nevis student was slightly injured Monday morning when the school bus she was riding on slid off Highway 34 in treacherous conditions.
The accident occurred near the intersection of Hubbard County Road 85 in blinding snow around 8 a.m. The 12-year-old apparently hit her head on the seat in front of her when the bus bumped down into the ditch.
She was taken by ambulance to St, Joseph’s Area Health Services in Park Rapids as a precaution.
That was one of numerous crashes Monday, as a sudden snowstorm dumped four inches of white stuff on Hubbard and surrounding counties in about a two-hour period.
Whiteout conditions and unplowed highways greeted unsuspecting motorists as they headed out for the week. And even after the snow stopped, conditions almost got worse.
Motorists, especially those on major roadways, were bumper to bumper in impenetrable clouds of white. Some complained they couldn’t see tail lights in front of them and numerous rear-end crashes were called in.
Others, like the Nevis School bus driver, simply got too close to the shoulders of the road, which were invisible for up to three hours.
Shortly after 9 a.m., county, state and township plows could be seen on the highways.
There were about 20 children on the bus that crashed. None of the other students, nor the driver, were injured.
The State Patrol, Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department, Akeley First Responders and Hubbard First Response & Rescue all converged on the scene, along with Nevis bus supervisor Dan Stacey. Students were transferred to another bus and taken to school.
The bus did not appear to have suffered any dents in the mishap and was driven out of the ditch.