Semi crashes through school wall in Lyle, Minn.

A semitrailer is embedded in the side of Lyle Public School
A semitrailer is embedded in the side of Lyle Public School Tuesday morning after it veered off a highway and crashed through the wall of the elementary school in Lyle, Minnesota.
Eric Johnson | The Daily Herald via AP

Updated: 6:41 p.m. | Posted: 12:23 p.m.

Two students injured Tuesday morning as a semi drove into a high school art classroom in Lyle, a town in southeast Minnesota, are expected to recover fully. The semi crashed into the school after it veered off the road to avoid another car.

"If that semi would've been a few inches, a matter of inches, really, either north or south, this could've been a way different story because they would've went through the window. Somebody was watching over us today," said Bryan Boysen, superintendent of Lyle schools, a small district of about 300 students.

He said one student inside the classroom was injured. The other was in a car with a parent.

"We had a semi inside the classroom, the whole cab and everything, with the driver pinned in there and the trailer sitting on the grass or the snow on the exterior of the building," Boysen said.

Reached late Tuesday afternoon, Boysen did not know the semi driver's condition, but said a total of four people were injured, two students and two adults.

As for the school building, which houses classes for students from pre-school through 12th grade, he said Wednesday classes are canceled.

"This is not a safe place to be right now," he said. "We've extracted the semi out of the building, and we are in the process of making repairs."

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