NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska – On Tuesday, the driver of a school bus involved in a major collision with a semi in southwest Nebraska was cited.
Keith Cranwell of Champion, who was operating a bus for the Chase County Schools, was cited for failing to cede the right-of-way and driving recklessly. He is expected in court on October 26 in Imperial at the Chase County Courthouse.
The school bus driver, according to the Chase County Sheriff’s Office, was attempting a left turn when he collided with a tractor-trailer driving a fully laden grain trailer. According to a media release, the semi struck the rear passenger side of the school bus, causing it to flip 90 degrees and topple onto the driver’s side.
After colliding with the bus, the semi traveled a few distance north before off the route, crossing the ditch, and coming to rest on a rural property.
The ages of the twelve students on board ranged from 5 to 15 years. The three injured children who were sent to regional trauma centers are still healing in the hospital. The remaining youngsters were cared for and discharged from the hospital.