No one seriously hurt in van-school bus crash north of Mandan

No one seriously hurt in van-school bus crash north of Mandan

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No one suffered serious injuries in a crash involving a school bus in Morton County.

A van traveling on County Road 140 about 6 miles north of Mandan struck the side of the bus as the bus was crossing the road, from James Drive to Terrier Lane, according to the Highway Patrol. The crash happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The 62-year-old Mandan man driving the bus and the seven children on the bus were not injured. The children were ages 15 and under, authorities said.

The bus driver, Kevin Faris, was cited for failing for yield.

Brandy Dazell, 33, of Ross, who was driving the van, and 30-year-old passenger Cara Leintz, from Mandan, suffered minor injuries, the patrol said.

Mandan Public Schools for two years has contracted busing from Harlow's Bus and Truck Sales, a regional bus company with operations in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

Ken Bischof, transportation manager at Harlow's, said Faris went through standard post-accident testing and will sit with the company's safety team to review the incident. Faris has driven for the company for more than 30 years, and Bischof said he is "one of our best drivers" and will "definitely" remain with the company.

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