Kearney, Neb. — A collision between a bus and a car in a northern part of Kearney resulted in minor injuries to several people who were transported to hospitals. A news release from the Kearney Police Department says the crash, which involved a black 2006 Honda Civic and a Holiday Express bus from Grand Island, was reported at 7:25 p.m. on Tuesday. The car was occupied by a driver and the bus was carrying about 30 students from the Grand Island Walnut Middle School girls’ basketball team as well as at least one coach.
The investigation concluded that both vehicles had been eastbound in the inside lane in the 800 block of E. 56th Street and the Honda had slowed or stopped in the traffic lane in order to make a left turn. The bus was directly behind the Honda and the driver failed to notice the Honda had slowed or stopped and the bus collided with the rear of the Honda causing severe damage to the Honda and minor damage to the bus.
13 student athletes were transported by 7 ambulances. 10 students were sent to CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney and 3 to Kearney Regional Hospital. All 13 of the injured were treated and released. Police say the bus driver was issued a citation for following too close.