UPDATE: Student Victim in Fatal School Bus Crash Identified
UPDATE 9/17 2:13 p.m.: The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Macenzie Kvam of Belle Plaine by the Iowa State Patrol, KWWL reports.
UPDATE 9/17: KWWL reports that Benton Community School District has stated that "a Benton High School student died in the crash involving a van and Benton Community School bus." The district said that it's "mourning the significant loss to the student's family and school community."
Benton Community School District will provide counseling services to students and families. They will also "continue to work with local law enforcement and other agencies as they investigate what occurred and determine appropriate next steps."
ORIGINAL STORY: According to a KCRG report, a crash involving a school bus and van in Benton County resulted in one death this morning.
The report states that the crash happened just after 7:30 this morning "half a mile north of Highway 30 on 15th Avenue". According to officials, "the driver of a van dropped off the shoulder and overcorrected". The overcorrection caused the van to cross straight into the path of the school bus and strike it head-on. The driver of the van was killed, five juveniles suffered minor injuries, and the bus driver was not injured.
Vinton Newspapers posted a photo of the scene with emergency crews working via Facebook. Students were safely taken off of the scene at the time of the photo.
Names have not yet been released, but we will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
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