- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

KINDRED, N.D. (AP) - The driver of a school bus that collided with three semitrailers in dense fog at an intersection near Kindred has lost both of her legs.

The southeastern North Dakota community of about 700 people is coming to the aid of Cathy Jostad, WDAY-TV and KFGO radio reported.

“We all rally around each other when we need,” said Kerri Whipple, whose son was on the bus.

None of the 32 students aboard the bus was seriously injured in the Friday morning crash, but Jostad was pinned in the wreckage and it took rescue crews more than half an hour to free her. Doctors at a Fargo hospital amputated both of her legs to save her life.

About 150 people including bus drivers from other school districts turned out in Kindred on Monday night for a prayer vigil and balloon release. Children tied blue ribbons around trees.

“We really all believe in the power of prayer,” Whipple said.

An account also has been set up at Kindred State Bank to help with Jostad’s medical expenses.

“It’s really heartwarming to see this kind of support,” said Laura Schwab, Jostad’s daughter.

“She’s a strong lady, she’s got a good heart,” Schwab said of her mother. “She always looks out for others, and now she’s using that strength for herself.”

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