Blue Hill Mourns A Year After Tragic Bus Accident

By: Cassandra Hager Email
By: Cassandra Hager Email

In the town of less than a thousand people tragedy is still fresh in the minds of community members as they left flowers and said prayers at a memorial located on the crash site.

It was one year ago, September 5th 2012, that tragedy struck a normally quiet intersection at County Road 1800 and took the lives of four people, one of them only 10 years old.

Her name was Caroline Thallman. Also lost that day were 18-year-old Dustin Tesdahl, 21-year-old Travis Witte, and 59-year-old Marla Wentworth.

The tragedy has sparked debate amongst the small town about the safety of rural driving.

The intersection where the accident took place remains uncontrolled to this day.

When the bus collided with a semi truck and trailer it was engulfed in flames by the time emergency crews responded. The four victims died on the scene.

A year later it's hard to tell such a horrific accident took place. But one thing is for sure; for the residents of Blue Hill, Nebraska, will never let it be forgotten.


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