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Damaged bus

A school bus damaged in a crash is driven away. 

A bus driver and a student were treated and released for minor injuries received after two school buses collided Thursday morning.

Bismarck police Lt. Luke Gardiner said 72-year-old Ronald Zarr was driving a bus southbound on Washington Street when it collided with another bus, which was eastbound on Durango Drive. There were about 40 kids on both buses.

Gardiner said Zarr told police he mistakenly took some medication from a container he thought contained mints. He became nauseous, dizzy and fatigued and had planned to stop driving at Horizon Middle School. 

One of the buses was from Harlow's Bus Sales, which Bismarck Public Schools contracts with to serve K-12 students, and a district-owned bus, according to Bob Brown, BPS transportation coordinator.

There were students from Grismrud and Liberty elementary schools on Harlow's bus and the injured student on the district's bus attends Centennial Elementary School, according to Brown.

The student, who complained of minor neck pain, and Zarr were transported to the hospital. The rest of the students were taken to school.

The accident report has been forwarded to the Bismarck city attorney for review, Gardiner said.

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