Sheriff: 3 injured when Iron Range school bus failed to stop at intersection

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 9:00 AM CDT
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UPDATE: Three people were hurt when an Iron Range bus driver apparently did not stop at an intersection Thursday morning and crashed into another vehicle.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Bonnie Locken, 70, was driving the school bus when it failed to stop at the intersection of Palo Rd. 41 and Hwy 100 in White Township around 7:24 a.m.

Theodore Fredrickson, 53, of Makinen, was traveling north on Hwy. 100 and collided with the school bus.

After the crash, the bus entered the woods across the intersection and struck some trees.

The school bus contained several children traveling to Mesabi East High School at the time of the crash.

One child suffered minor injuries during the crash. Locken was also treated for minor injuries.

Fredrickson was airlifted by North Memorial Air for unknown injuries. HIs condition is unknown as of Thursday afternoon.

The incident remains under investigation.

AURORA, MN. (Northern News Now) - Three people were injured in a crash involving a Mesabi East school bus Thursday morning, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.

Supervising Deputy Wade Rasch, with the St. Louis Co. Sheriff’s Office, said the crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. near Hwy 100 and Palo Rd. 41 in White Township, which is south of Aurora.

As of 8:50 a.m., the sheriff’s office was reporting three injuries as a result of the crash, including at least one student.

The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, but Rasch said it’s possible one of the students has a broken leg.

Authorities did not immediately say what led up to the crash, what specific bus was involved, who exactly was injured, or where the students who were on board the bus currently are.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.