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UPDATED WITH CITATION: At least 47 injured in Sumner two-bus crash

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The Bremer County Sheriff's Office says Tuesday's bus crash also involved a farm tractor.

The two buses driving southbound were driving behind a farm tractor when the second bus rear-ended the first bus.

The driver of the second bus, Steven Crawford, 63, of Fredericksburg, was cited for failure to maintain control, according to a press release.

The Bremer County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Motor Vehicle Division, Sumner Fire, Sumner Ambulance, Sumner Police Department, Tripoli Ambulance, Tri-State Ambulance, the Iowa DNR and Bremer County Emergency Management.

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At least 47 students and two bus drivers were injured when two buses collided Tuesday afternoon near the 1200 block of Viking Avenue, about two miles north of Sumner.

Rick Pederson, superintendent of Sumner-Fredericksburg, said a total of 43 individuals were taken by ambulance to three hospitals after the two-bus crash, including the two bus drivers.

The injuries were mostly minor, according to Pederson, but at least one student was being kept overnight for observation.

Alyssa Swehla, a cousin of KWWL reporter Shelley Russell, was on one of the buses when the crash happened.

She reportedly braced herself and ducked when she saw the crash was going to happen and reported a lot of students on the bus had bloody noses as a result of the crash.

Officials at the three hospitals, however, say a total of 47 students had been treated, not including the bus drivers.

All of the students were middle school students being transported from Fredericksburg to Sumner as part of their daily routine, according to Pederson.

Jennifer Monteith, spokesperson for Mercy Medical in New Hampton, said there were 11 students at that hospital. All had minor injuries and were in stable condition, and their families were with them.

Deb Chenfvold, CEO of Palmer Lutheran in West Union, confirmed 11 students were also being treated at Palmer Lutheran. None of their injuries were considered life-threatening.

Kyle Teeling, community relations and development manager at Community Memorial in Sumner, confirmed 25 students were being treated there. One of those was admitted for observation overnight.

It was not immediately clear where the bus drivers had been taken, but all reports confirmed they were both injured in the crash.

Both buses were from the Sumner-Fredericksburg School District and had been headed south on Viking Avenue when the crash happened, according to Iowa State Trooper Mark Sigwarth.

One bus rear-ended the other bus, sending that bus into the ditch, according to Pederson.

The cause of the crash was still being investigated. No charges have yet been filed.

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