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2 Injured In Crash Involving School Bus In Cottage Grove

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- One student and a bus driver suffered minor injuries in a crash between a SUV and school bus in Cottage Grove Wednesday morning.

According to police, authorities responded at 7:24 a.m. to the intersection of Hinton Avenue and 80th Street in Cottage Grove on the report of school bus vs. car crash with the bus reportedly resting on its side.

When police arrived, they found a bus from a childcare/learning center resting on its side. There were a total of seven students and the bus driver on the bus. There was one occupant, the driver, in the SUV.

One student and the bus driver were taken to Regions Hospital with unspecified minor injuries.

"The remaining students were checked for injuries and police officers contacted each of their parents for reunification. All students have since been released to a parent," Cottage Grove police said.

The owner of the bus, Tutor Time, released a statement following the incident:

This morning, one of our buses was involved in an accident with another vehicle near Crestview Elementary. Seven school-age children were onboard our bus at the time. Our driver evacuated the children from the bus immediately, with assistance from the Crestview staff. First responders arrived quickly and assessed the children's condition. One child was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor injury. The driver was also taken in for medical evaluation. The rest of the children were unharmed and transported to classes at their elementary schools. We've notified all the families of those involved.

Nothing is more important to us than our children's safety. We'd like to thank the responders as well as the staff at both Crestview Elementary and Newport Elementary for their assistance.

The crash remains under investigation.

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