Seven injured in Minnesota school bus wreck

Legal news for Minnesota automobile accident attorneys. A school bus slammed into a car, which left seven people injured.

Minnesota State Patrol alerts Minnesota automobile accident lawyers- A school bus crash injured seven people after hitting a car.

Minneapolis, MN—A crash involving a car and a school bus injured seven people, when the bus tried to make a turn and hit an oncoming car. The school bus crash happened on Tuesday morning, October 6, 2009 around 9:00 a.m., at Highway 110 and Charlton Street, as reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Minnesota State Patrol stated, a school bus transporting 30 Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy (TIZA) charter school students was traveling eastbound on Highway 110, and made a left turn onto Charlton when the bus hit a westbound car. The driver of the bus reportedly told police investigators he didn’t see the car coming. The impact of the crash sent the bus into a ditch alongside the road. The driver of the car, Justin C. Kalenberg, 24, of Oakland, and six students were injured in the wreck. Kalenberg and the six students were transported by area emergency medical services (EMS) crews to Regions Hospital where they were treated by medical professionals and released. The reported injuries among the children, ages 8 to 12, were bumps and bruises from hitting their heads on the windows of the bus. Kalenberg’s vehicle was so badly damaged, that rescue crews had to use the “jaws of life” to extract Kalenberg. The driver of the school bus, Raymond Baar, was not injured in the wreck. Baar apparently has been a driver for Monarch Bus Service, which is a private contractor that transports the TIZA students to and from school. Monarch Bus Service and the State Patrol are reportedly conducting a full investigation into the crash.

According to state records, Baar has received four citations since January 2004, which included failure to obey a sign and one for speeding. In the state of Minnesota, if your have four moving violations within three years it would disqualify an individual from operating a school bus. If the violations were spread out through a longer period of time, it is the bus company’s discretion whether to hire or retain the driver. Crash investigation are expected to review Baar’s record to determine if he is qualified to be a school bus driver. Baar is on leave until the automobile crash investigations are completed.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for automobile accident lawyers in Minnesota.