Update 8:15 p.m.: Hancock school van driver, at least 2 students transported after crash
HOLLOWAY — The Swift County Sheriff's Office is investigating a crash with multiple injuries Monday afternoon between a Hancock Public School transport van and a semi at a rural intersection north of Holloway.
There were reports of numerous injuries, according to a news release sent Monday evening by the Sheriff's Office, and many responder units were sent to the intersection of 30th Street and 130th Avenue Northwest. Witnesses reported seeing helicopters near the scene.
No other information was immediately released.
Hancock Public School Superintendent Loren Hacker said at least two of the seven students in the van were transported from local hospitals to hospitals outside the area. Hacker also said the van's driver was in the hospital in Benson. He did not know the status of the injuries for the other five students.
"Right now we're just praying for all the kids. Praying that the injuries will heal and that they receive great care," Hacker said. The students' ages were from upper elementary school to junior high, he said.
The bus was on its regular school transport route when the crash happened about 4 p.m. Monday, Hacker said. The intersection is about 12 miles south of Hancock, he said.
The Hancock High School boys basketball team is playing in a Section 6A game tonight in Moorhead. Some fans and head boys coach Cory Bedel were aware of the crash before the start of the 7:45 p.m. game.
Bedel said the crash "was pretty serious."
The school had sent its pep band to the boys basketball game. Hacker said when he had to verify the names of students in the van involved in the crash, he needed to make sure those students were not on the pep band bus to the game. While he handled verification of students and other information, school principal Tim Pahl contacted the students' parents, Hacker said.