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2 drivers seriously injured in crash with school bus in south Fargo

A driver of a Jeep and a driver of a Ford Explorer both suffered serious injuries in the crash with the school bus, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

One of the vehicles involved in the accident on 25th Street and 36th Avenue early Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, with the Fargo Public Schools bus in background.jpg
A school bus, a Jeep and another vehicle were involved in a crash on 25th Street South near 34th Avenue South on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Fargo.
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FARGO — Two drivers were seriously injured in a crash that involved a school bus on Monday, Nov. 28, in south Fargo.

The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. on 25th Street South near 34th Avenue South.

No students were on the bus at the time of the crash, according to Fargo Public Schools spokeswoman AnnMarie Campbell. The bus had just dropped off students at Davies High School, Campbell said.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a Jeep Wrangler stopped to make a left turn into Casey's gas station.

School bus crash in south Fargo
A Jeep was flipped upside down in a crash that involved a school bus and a third vehicle on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in south Fargo.
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While stopped in the left lane of 25th Street, the northbound school bus failed to see the stopped Jeep and rear-ended it, the patrol said.

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The collision caused the Jeep to enter the southbound lane and strike a Ford Explorer, according to the patrol.

The Jeep rolled onto its roof, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle, the patrol said. The Explorer struck a tree on the east side of 25th Street.

The driver of the Jeep was identified as 31-year-old Timothy Gruchow of Fargo. Gruchow suffered serious injuries, and medics took him by ambulance to Essentia Hospital.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was identified as Evon Wilson, 51, of Fargo. Wilson also suffered serious injuries, and medics took him by ambulance to Sanford Medical Center.

School bus crash South Fargo
A school bus was involved in a crash Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, on 25th Street South near 34th Avenue South in Fargo.
Nick Broadway / WDAY

The school bus driver, a Valley Bus employee, was identified as Rose Schlaht, 66, of Fargo. Schlaht was not injured in the crash.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, with help from the Fargo Police Department.

Officers closed a stretch of 25th Street South to traffic as they investigated the crash Monday morning.

Fargo Public Schools bus being prepared for a tow on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.jpg
A school bus involved in a crash on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, was towed from the scene in south Fargo.
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C.S. Hagen is an award-winning journalist currently covering the education and activist beats mainly in North Dakota and Minnesota.
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