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School bus collisions result in 2 fatalities on Minnesota roads

Two people were killed on Minnesota roads Friday involving Blue Bird school buses.

A 27-year-old Winona man, Travis Jacobson, was killed when the van he was driving early Friday morning collided with a school bus on Highway 61, 1 mile north of Minnieska in Wabasha County.

A second driver, whose name would be released Saturday afternoon, was killed when the cargo van the driver was in rear-ended a school bus on Highway 47 in Kanabec County. This crash was reported at 4:44 p.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol reported—in the Kanabec County crash—a school bus was northbound on Highway 47 and had stopped to let some children off the bus. The bus was stopped, with its lights activated and the stop sign out. The bus was rear-ended by a northbound vehicle, a cargo van. The state patrol reported the driver of the northbound vehicle is deceased. The driver of the bus, Daniel L. Torgeson, 54, Ogilvie, had no apparent injuries.

The state patrol reported there were students on the bus and some of them had minor injuries.

In the Friday morning fatal, the state patrol reported Jacobson was driving a Chrysler van northbound in the southbound lane of Highway 61, when it collided with a school bus head on, resulting in a vehicle fire. There were no students on the bus.

The state patrol reported Jacobson was killed and the school bus driver, Vernon E. Andrews, 59, Ellsworth, Wis., was seriously injured and transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

The crash was reported at 5:50 a.m. and Highway 61 was closed for about four and a half hours while crews investigated and cleaned up the scene.