Two Students Seriously Injured in School Bus/Semi-Truck Accident Near Norfolk


Two students were seriously injured Monday after a school bus and semi-trailer collided just west of Norfolk.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, eight students in total had to be taken to Faith Regional Medical Center in Norfolk, with two seriously injured students being further transported to Omaha.

The agency said a Mid-States school bus was carrying 13 Battle Creek Public School students when it collided with a semi-trailer at the intersection of Highway 275 and 549 Avenue, about four miles west of Norfolk. They say the bus was heading north on 549 Avenue when it started across the highway and collided with the semi-truck.

The school bus was forced into the ditch as a result of the collision. Heavy fog stretching across the area is believed to be a factor in the accident.

The driver of the school bus, 73-year-old Larry Prauner, of Battle Creek, and the driver of the semi-trailer, 63-year-old Stanley Jauer, of Hinton, Iowa, were not injured. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The six students taken to the Norfolk hospital sustained minor injuries and are expected to be treated and released. There has been no word so far on the students taken to Omaha for treatment.

A portion of the highway was closed for several hours following the accident. The Nebraska State Patrol was assisted by the Madison County Sheriff's Office, the Norfolk and Battle Creek Police Departments, and the Norfolk and Battle Creek Fire and Rescue Departments.