SUMNER, Iowa — At least 40 students and two drivers were injured Tuesday when two Sumner-Fredericksburg school buses collided.
Twenty-five students were taken to Sumner Community Memorial Hospital, according to spokesman Kyle Teeling. One student was admitted for observation overnight.
Jennifer Monteith, with Mercy Medical Center-New Hampton, said 11 students were transported to that hospital Tuesday evening. The students were all in stable condition with minor injuries.
Eleven students were taken to Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union, according to a hospital official.
Senior Trooper Mark Sigwarth with the Iowa State Patrol could not confirm the number of injured, but he did say none were considered life-threatening.
“We are kind of counting our blessings out here at the side of the road today,” he added.
The two bus drivers were also taken to hospitals, according to Sigwarth.
According to the Bremer County Sheriff’s Office, one of the buses was following a farm tractor southbound in the 1200 block of Viking Avenue. The second bus struck the first from behind.
The crash was reported after 3:30 p.m. northwest of Sumner. One of the buses went into the east ditch near a utility pole.
The second bus was pointed south on the shoulder of Viking Avenue.
The driver of the second vehicle, Steven Crawford, 63, of Fredericksburg, was cited for failure to maintain control, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Motor Vehicle Division, Tripoli ambulance, Tri-State Ambulance of West Union, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Bremer County Emergency Management and Sumner fire, ambulance and police assisted at the scene.