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13 Hurt, 2 Critically, When Charter Bus Crashes Along I-29 in South Dakota


More than a dozen people were injured yesterday morning when a charter bus rolled over on an icy highway near Vermillion, South Dakota.

Jefferson Lines Bus Driver Lost Control While Passing Pickup Truck

The March 20th crash occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m., as the Jefferson Lines bus was heading north on Interstate 29. According to South Dakota Public Safety, the driver was attempting to pass a pickup truck, but lost control and rolled into a ditch near mile-marker 23.

“We got called this morning about 8:45 a.m. (to provide) mutual aid to the Elk Point Fire Department for a bus that had rolled over with multiple people hurt,” Vermillion Fire/EMS Department Chief Matt Callahan told reporters yesterday morning. “We responded out there with two chiefs, a heavy rescue unit and three ambulances.”

Bus Driver, 12 Passengers Treated at Hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota

Thirteen people, including the driver, were aboard the bus when it crashed.

Two passengers sustained critical injuries and were airlifted to hospitals in Sioux City, Iowa. They are currently listed in stable condition.

Ambulances transferred the remaining passengers, as well as the bus driver, to Sanford Vermillion hospital, where they received treatment for bumps and bruises or complaints of pain. It’s not clear if any remain hospitalized.

Charges Pending in South Dakota Charter Bus Crash

The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating yesterday’s charter bus crash, and charges are reportedly pending against the Jefferson Lines driver. He has been identified as a 67-year-old man from Kansas City, Missouri.

According to local media outlets, passenger accounts of the accident suggest the driver was speeding when the bus skidded off the highway.

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