Students airlifted after horrific crash involving van and semi, Monday

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The Swift County Sheriff says there are no fatalities “as of right now” in a crash involving a school van and a semi in western Minnesota. The Swift County Sheriff’s Office says seven students and a van driver were injured in the crash at the intersection of 30th Street NW and 130th Avenue NW, about 12 miles south of Hancock.

Swift County Sheriff John Holtz said in a news conference Monday night that the Hancock Public School transport van was headed southbound and the semi was headed eastbound when they collided in a “T-bone-style crash.” He said the van may have had a yield sign, and the semi did not have a stop sign. “As of right now, there are no fatalities,” he said just before 9 p.m. Monday.

The van was carrying seven students home from school when it was struck by the semi at about 4 p.m., according to Hancock Schools Superintendent Loren Hacker. The van driver and seven students were transported to area hospitals. Three students were transported on to hospitals in the Twin Cities.

“We are working diligently with local authorities to make sure that student and family needs are immediately addressed,” Hacker said in a statement. Sheriff Holtz said the children involved were between 8 and 16 years old, and some of them were siblings. “It’s very traumatic,” Holtz said. “It’s a horrific crash. And then with children involved, it’s always - if you have kids yourself, it really hits home.”

He said Hancock is a very close-knit community. A news release says “many responder units” were sent because of reports of numerous injuries.    From the Associated Press

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