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Update: 1 person killed in crash involving school bus, victim identified

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This photo shows the scene of the fatal accident -- one with a school bus near Guttenberg.

"There was a couple of younger students that were a little bit rattled," said Shane Wahls, Superintendent of Clayton Ridge Community School District.

The accident involved a Clayton Ridge school bus and a motorcycle. It happened on Great River Road. The school bus was headed north, the motorcycle headed south. At some point the bus turned on to Lace Avenue and that's when the motorcycle struck it.

Authorities say the man driving the motorcycle, 50-year-old Ronald Kephart of Garnavillo died from the crash.

"There were six students on the bus, most of those were middle school students, one high school student," Wahls said.

However, all of them walked away uninjured. "We got the students off the bus as quickly as we could with a suburban to get those students home, and notify their parents. I think they were pretty sure it was a fatality at that point," he added.

To help them cope, the district is offering counseling to those affected. "Obviously, the district is thankful that the students are okay, and that the driver of the bus is okay. That's very important to us, but at the same time, this other person is a family of our district so that's very difficult to deal with," said Wahls.

The accident remains under investigation.



A Clayton Ridge bus was involved in a crash with a motorcycle yesterday afternoon.

The superintendent says no students on the bus were hurt, but the person on the motorcycle died.

Counseling services are in place for students at school today.

The Iowa State Patrol says the bus was going north on Great River Road while the motorcycle was heading south when the crash happened.

KWWL's Shirley Descorbeth contributed to this report.

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