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State Patrol says fog to blame in MFL MarMac school bus crash


MONONA (KWWL) -- According to a crash report filed by the Iowa State Patrol, fog is to blame for a school bus accident that sent 23 kids to the hospital.

According to the report, the driver of the bus, 73-year-old Larry Dean Cox of McGregor, pulled out from Echo Avenue onto Highway 18 in the path of a car driven by 27-year-old Nicholas Albin Hoffman of Guttenberg, around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The report says that Cox had to open the window and door of the bus to listen for traffic because he couldn't see traffic coming due to the dense fog.

The report goes on to say that Hoffman saw the bus pull out and tried to stop, but couldn't in time.  The car hit the bus on the driver's side, causing the bus to spin.

The trooper noted on the report that Hoffman was also driving too fast for conditions.

Four female students on the bus, including a 14-year-old and two 16-year-olds were taken to area hospitals by ambulance.  The other 19 kids were taken to area hospitals by bus.

Hoffman was also taken to the hospital by ambulance.

A second accident happened as a result.  A car driven by 46-year-old Carol Rose Knox of Hawkeye, saw that the first accident was blocking the road and she was able to stop in time.  But, another car driven by 49-year-old Lisa Ann Davis of Castalia, could not stop in time and rear ended Knox's car.

Knox and Davis were not injured.

The state patrol says no tickets have been issued, but that could change when the investigation is complete.

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