Two school buses involved in Afton collision; no serious injuries reported

A school bus carrying 15 students and a smaller bus with no students on board collided Tuesday in Afton.

The crash occurred around 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Neal Avenue and 15th Street South when the driver of the school bus, traveling eastbound on 15th Street South, pulled out onto Neal Avenue into the path of the mini school bus, which was traveling northbound on Neal, said Laura Perkins, public information manager for the Washington County sheriff’s office.

The mini school bus ended up vertical in the ditch; the driver reported minor aches and pains, Perkins said. No injuries were reported by anyone on board the eastbound bus, which was carrying students from grades 6-10 from Stillwater Area School District, she said.

“Everyone was evaluated by first responders on scene as a precaution,” she said.

Stillwater Area School District officials notified parents, and a second bus was sent to pick up the students and take them home; the district has a contract with Lakeville-based Schmitty & Sons to provide bus services.

The crash remains under investigation, and no citations had been issued as of Tuesday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol is assisting the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with a commercial vehicle inspection, she said.

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