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Multiple vehicles damaged after bus driver suffers medical emergency

Multiple vehicles damaged after bus driver suffers medical emergency Photo: MGN

Updated: July 17, 2019 04:42 PM

Three vehicles were damaged and a person is recovering after a school bus incident in Granite Falls Wednesday.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office said dispatchers received multiple 911 calls about a Renville County West School District bus driving on the wrong side of the road and hitting several cars on Highway 212 at about 12:04 p.m. Callers said told authorities it happened near the stop lights in Granite Falls, and the bus continued traveling west without stopping after the crashes.

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Police and deputies responded and tried to stop the bus, but it failed to pull over. The sheriff's office said officers then thought the driver might be experiencing a medical emergency, and a deputy pulled around the bus to slow down oncoming traffic.

The deputy performed a rolling road block, the sheriff's office said, slowing the bus down enough for a passerby to jump out of his vehicle and reach into the bus to place it in park.

The driver of the bus was found to be experiencing a medical emergency and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. The sheriff's office didn't know the driver's condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to authorities, the bus damaged three vehicles, two in Granite Falls city limits and a sheriff's deputy squad, but nobody was injured.

Several other departments assisted during the incident.

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