School bus crash injures 1 in Dickey County near South Dakota border

A driver of an otherwise empty bus was injured after she entered the ditch to avoid colliding with another bus.

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ELLENDALE, N.D. — One person has been injured in a crash involving a school bus about eight miles north of Ellendale on Highway 281 in far southern North Dakota.

According to a release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol:

A pickup and two school buses were northbound on Highway 281 about 3:33 p.m. Friday, July 1, when the pickup slowed to turn left.

As the first school bus also slowed, the second bus driver slammed on the breaks to avoid the first bus. The second bus, a 2022 International Navistar, entered the east ditch, struck an embankment, traveled over it and reentered the ditch.

The Navistar was damaged when it reentered the ditch, and the driver, a 35-year-old woman from Olds, Alberta, was injured. She was taken by ambulance to a nearby airport and flown to Avera Hospital in Aberdeen, South Dakota.


Conditions were clear and sunny at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Neither school bus had passengers, and the injured driver was wearing a seat belt.

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