Bus driver who crashed into Maple River identified; video under review

Law enforcement has collected bus camera footage to help determine what happened near Leonard, North Dakota.

School bus crash
An Enderlin School District bus sits in the Maple River after going over a 30-foot embankment on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
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LEONARD, N.D. — Authorities say an Alice, North Dakota, man was behind the wheel of a school bus that crashed into the Maple River near here last week.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office identified the Enderlin Area School District bus driver as 62-year-old Andy Alan Bunn.

Deputies are investigating why the bus crashed Friday, Sept. 23, as it took children home.

The sheriff’s office has obtained video from the bus to help determine the cause of the crash.

“This crash remains under investigation as the Cass County Sheriff’s Office reviews video footage, medical records, and conducts interviews,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “There will be no determination made referencing citations or criminal charges, until all information has been reviewed.”


Bunn and seven students were on the bus as he drove it east on 50th Street Southeast west of Leonard, according to the sheriff's office.

The bus drove through the guardrail near 146th Avenue, down the ditch, over a 30-foot embankment and into the river, the sheriff's office said.

Bunn and two students were taken to local hospitals for injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.

Enderlin High School Principal Kayle Hamre told WDAY-TV that Bunn, who is a veteran bus driver for the district, doesn’t remember what happened before the crash.

Leonard is about 35 miles southwest of Fargo.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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