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Bus and semi-trailer accident injures three students near Osmond

October 18, 2018 GMT

OSMOND — Last year, the Osmond General Hospital staff and community members participated in an emergency preparedness training in which a school bus was involved in a crash that resulted in injuries.

On Tuesday afternoon, that training paid off as a Boyd County school bus nearly filled with high school students and a semi-trailer truck were involved in an accident east of here that resulted in three injuries.

Lon Knievel, chief executive officer of Osmond General Hospital, said he thought the training helped everyone who was called into assist Tuesday.

Cody Thomas of the Nebraska State Patrol said the accident occurred on Highway 20 east of Osmond at about 3 p.m. when a school bus was stopped at a railroad crossing.

The bus had its flashing lights activated. As the bus began to cross the railroad tracks, it was struck from behind by a semi-trailer truck, Thomas said.

The driver of the semi, 62-year-old Allen Lambrecht of Beemer, and the bus driver, 60-year-old Larry Eilers of Lynch, were not injured, Thomas said.

There were 25 students and one driver on board the bus at the time of the crash.

Thomas said three students who were transported to the Osmond hospital. One student was subsequently transferred by helicopter to Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. None of the injuries is believed to be life-threatening, he said.

Michael Brown, superintendent of Boyd County Schools, said the bus was filled with sophomores who were returning from a career day at Wayne State College.

Brown said classes were being held as usual Wednesday, with counselors available to talk to any students who wanted to do so. Students also were allowed to stay home from classes Wednesday if they felt they needed to do that, he said.

Brown said that after the accident, another school bus came to the site and brought some of the students home. Other students were picked up by their parents and Brown brought some of them home, too.

It is 88 miles from Osmond to Spencer, where the middle school and high school are located. Butte and Lynch also have elementary school students.

He said the school was appreciative to Creighton Public Schools and all the other schools that provided assistance or offered it.

“We just want to thank all the first-responders, rescue units who were there and all the law enforcement for their assistance and support,” Brown said.

He said the area support and first-responders performed admirably.