16 injured in crash involving car, school bus

School bus crash
A school bus from the Tri-Valley Opportunity School was involved in two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 212 on Monday, July 13, 2015, near Granite Falls, Minn.
Courtesy of Tom Cherveny | Forum News Service

Sixteen people were injured in a crash involving a school bus in west central Minnesota Monday morning.

The State Patrol says that a small car was westbound on Highway 212 near Granite Falls when it crossed the center line and hit an oncoming school bus around 7 a.m.

Eleven small children, two women and a driver were on the bus. All of their injuries are listed as non-life threatening.

The driver of the car that hit the bus, a 33-year-old Granite Falls man, was taken to a local hospital. His passenger, a 28-year-old Detroit Lakes woman, was reportedly airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She is in satisfactory condition.

The State Patrol said that the children on the bus ranged in age from an infant to a 6-year-old.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash or if alcohol was involved.

The bus was operated by the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, according to the West Central Tribune. The Willmar, Minn., paper reports the agency runs Head Start and early childhood education programs in the area.

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