By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Heavy fog had reduced visibility on Highway 15 in Dassel, Minnesota to an eighth of a mile, when a truck slammed into the back of a school bus stopped at the intersection. Seventeen Dassel-Cokato school children were on board; eight were taken to the hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured.
One of the children, eleven year old Alexis Iverson, suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident. Alexis suffered head and neck injuries and will not be able to play sports until her neck brace is removed.
Several parents of children involved in the accident have said they are unhappy with the school district’s decision to have school in spite of the poor weather. They believe that the decision put their children’s lives at risk. Other districts in the area delayed starting for two hours to let the fog clear.
Parents were also upset that they were informed that all of the injuries were minor and that the children would be fine, despite the fact that Alexis was in the ICU being treated for her injuries. The angry parents are calling for a change in school policy regarding school cancellations or late starts.
A representative for the school district has said that they will continue to make decisions on a case by case basis. Read more about the crash and its aftermath at News Child Was Hurt In Bus Crash Upsets Parents.