Officials say 12 Battle Creek students were taken to hospitals after a school bus collided with a semitrailer at a foggy intersection in northeast Nebraska.
The Nebraska State Patrol says the collision occurred around 7:15 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 275, four miles west of Norfolk. The patrol says the northbound bus was crossing the highway when it and the westbound truck collided. Nebraska State Patrol trooper Justin Koch says neither driver saw the other vehicle because of the dense fog.
Children's Hospital & Medical Center spokeswoman Cherie Lytle said Tuesday that 11-year-old Bailey Hurlburt is in serious condition, a description that Lytle says she didn't expect would change during the day. Deb Livingston says her 14-year-old daughter, Courtney, was unconscious at Creighton University Medical Center but was continuing to improve.
Superintendent Jay Bellar said 12 students were on the bus, and the driver.
"It wasn't a good feeling because when you hear your bus is involved with a semi truck my heart dropped at that point in time, to be honest with you, because we didn't know how serious it was," he said.
Bellar told 10/11 News, classes continued as normal for the day. A crisis team was available for students as needed.