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Five hurt after van, school bus collide

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Five people were injured early Friday when a van rear-ended a school bus south of Cass Lake. There were no known injuries to the approximate 40 students or the driver on the bus.

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The accident took place at about 7:30 a.m. Friday on 144th Street near 68th Ave. Northwest. According to the State Patrol, the bus, driven by William D. Foster, 46, of Cass Lake, was stopped, red lights were activated and children had just entered the bus when it was rear-ended by a van driven by Alexandra M. Tanner, 38, of Cass Lake.

All five occupants of the van were transported to Bemidji Hospital. Raine Kentor-Lightfeather, 11, was flown to a hospital in Fargo where she was held for observation. According to the State Patrol, she was expected to be released Saturday, March 29. Abrielle Ava Jourdain-Wakanabo, 3, was checked out at Cass Lake Hospital and was released to a family member. Ava Jourdain-Wakanabo, 7, was transported to Sanford Hospital in Bemidji and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Aliana Jourdain-Wakanabo, 4, was treated and released to a family member.

There was heavy damage reported to the van. The airbag did not deploy. The incident was still under investigation Friday.

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