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School bus driver collides with pickup truck in Arden Hills, killing toddler

15-year-old passenger suffered leg injuries; parents not seriously injured

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A 23-month-old girl died after a crash between a pickup truck and a school bus Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Arden Hills, Minnesota. No children were on the bus at the time.
Contributed / Ramsey County Sheriff's Office
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The driver of a school bus collided with a pickup truck, injuring a teen and killing a toddler in the truck Monday morning in Arden Hills. There were no children on the bus at the time.

A 31-year-old man was driving the truck, and his passengers were his 29-year-old wife and their children, a 15-year-old and a 23-month-old, according to Steve Linders, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The toddler, who was in a car seat, wasn’t breathing, Linders said. Deputies gave her CPR, and she was taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The teen went to the hospital with leg injuries; his parents were not seriously injured, Linders said. The driver of the school bus was transported to Regions as a precaution and didn’t appear to be seriously injured.

Preliminary information showed the driver of the school bus was heading east on state Highway 96 when she struck the side of the pickup truck, which was in the westbound lane of Highway 96 and turning left to go south on U.S. Highway 10 about 8:30 a.m., Linders said.

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Deputies did not report any signs of impairment by either driver.

After the bus struck the pickup truck, the truck hit another vehicle that was parked on U.S. Highway 10. Injuries weren’t reported by anyone in that vehicle.

The bus driver had dropped students off at Bel Air Elementary in New Brighton, and was going to pick up students to take to Turtle Lake Elementary in Shoreview, said Colin Sokolowski, Mounds View Public Schools spokesman. The teen injured in the pickup truck is a student at Mounds View High School.

“We understand how upsetting this accident can be for our community,” Mounds View High School Principal Rob Reetz wrote in a message to the school community. “Walk-in appointments in student services are always an option should any student need support from a counselor.”

The bus was being operated by American Student Transportation, which the school district contracts with, according to Sokolowski. A representative from the bus company couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday morning.

Investigators continue to look into the crash and ask anyone who was in the area at the time to call the Sheriff’s Office at 651-266-7331.

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