- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DANUBE, Minn. (AP) - No children were seriously hurt when a car crashed into the bus taking to them to a Head Start program in southwestern Minnesota, the head of the nonprofit that runs the program said Tuesday.

The State Patrol said the crash it happened around 7 a.m. Monday east of Granite Falls when a car going west on U.S. Highway 212 crossed the center line and collided head-on with the bus, which carried 11 children and three adults.

All of the children, whose ages ranged up to 6 years old, were from migrant families and were on their way to a seasonal Head Start program in Danube when it happened, said Jason Carlson, CEO of the Crookston-based Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, which runs the program.

While everyone on the bus was taken to hospitals to be checked, Carlson said all were released right away except for one child who was held until 1 p.m. Monday. None of the children suffered anything more than very minor bruising, he said. He said his staff had been in contact with nine of the 11 families and heard that the children were all fine.

“They’re doing well. They plan to be at the center tomorrow,” Carlson said.



A passenger in the car, a 28-year-old woman from Detroit Lakes, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where she was in satisfactory condition Tuesday.

The car driver’s injuries were not life-threatening, the Patrol said.

The accident remains under investigation.

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