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Five students hurt in school bus accident

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Kevin Hoffman
December 24, 2010
— Five students suffered minor injuries Thursday when a Clinton school bus slid into a ditch during its morning route.

Nineteen children and the driver were on the bus as it headed south on South Larson Road between County P and County W.


Harlan W. Biesma, 70, told deputies he was driving about 45 mph when he hit a patch of ice and lost control of the bus. The bus appeared to have left the roadway and continued down into a ditch until it struck a field access driveway, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies said the bus went airborne before coming to a rest after about 90 yards.


A tow truck took nearly an hour to remove the bus from the ditch.


The bus was deemed operational despite damage to its front end and door. It was driven back to the school district garage.


Sheriff’s department Cmdr. Troy Knudson said three elementary school students and two high school students were transported to Beloit Memorial Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Two were treated and released, and Knudson expected the others would be released by the end of the day.


Other students on the bus were either taken to school or picked up by their families.


Thursday was the Clinton School District’s last day of classes before winter break.


Clinton’s police and fire and rescue departments responded to the accident, along with members of the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and Turtle Township police.



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