The Nebraska State Patrol reports that four people died Wednesday evening after a school bus collided with a semi truck in the southern part of the state.
According to NBC News, the tragic crash occurred when a tractor-trailer hauling bales of hay slammed into the school bus south of Blue Hill, Nebraska, setting both vehicles ablaze.
Police reports show that the driver of the truck, 21-year-old Travis Witte, and the driver of the bus, 59-year-old Marla Wentworth, died in the accident, which happened around 4:45 pm.
Two students, 18-year-old Dustin Tesdahl and 10-year-old Caroline Thallman, were also killed. The children both attended Blue Hill Community School.
Five other students were taken to area hospitals. Two children, a 7-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl, were treated and released Wednesday.
Two others, a 10-year old boy and an 8-year old girl, were admitted to a hospital in Hastings and were in stable condition.
Authorities have released no details about how the crash occurred.
“Our first concern is for the families of those affected by Wednesday’s events, “said Sara Bockstadter, Webster County Attorney. “Our hearts go out to everyone who has been touched by this tragedy. We ask for your consideration as our communities begin to process what has happened and work toward healing.”
Following the tragedy, The Blue Hill Community School District set up a crisis center at the school to assist students and their families, WOWT notes.
KHAS-TV has more on the Blue Hill, Nebraska school bus crash in the video below: