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SUV catches fire after colliding with empty school bus
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SUV catches fire after colliding with empty school bus

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A vehicle caught fire and burned after colliding with an empty school bus from the Elmwood-Murdock Public Schools on Monday.

The school bus, driven by Donald Zoz, 54, of Murdock, was southbound on 250th Street, when it stopped at a stop sign at the intersection with Waverly Road, said Cass County Sheriff Bill Brueggemann in a news release.

As it entered the intersection, a Chevy Suburban, driven east on Waverly Road by Hanna Justensen, 18, of Elmwood, struck the school bus, he said.

"When the bus was in the middle of the intersection, the Suburban collided into the bus at a high rate of speed. Due to the high impact of the collision, it caused the Suburban to catch fire and was eventually fully engulfed," Brueggemann said.

Justensen escaped with minor injuries, said Capt. Dave Lamprecht. The bus driver was not injured.

Both parties were wearing seatbelts and no alcohol was involved, Lamprecht said. The accident, which occurred at 4:24 p.m., is still under investigation.

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