Two Brothers Among Victims of School Bus Crash
The investigation continued today following a school bus crash Tuesday outside the southwestern Minnesota city Cottonwood.
Police released the names of the four victims today, grades 5 through 9, which includes two brothers, Jesse Javens, 13, and Hunter Javens, 9, both of Cottonwood, reported KARE 11. The other two victims were identified as Reed Stevens, 12, of Marshall and Emilee Olson, 9, of Cottonwood, according to KARE 11.
It was released Wednesday that the driver of the van that broadsided the school bus, Alianiss Morales, 23, did not have a driver’s license, reported KARE 11. According to the news station, she is listed in stable condition after injuries sustained from the crash.
Eight students injured in the crash remain hospitalized in Sioux Falls, S.D. and Marshall, reported the Star Tribune.
The school superintendent said it was hard to find words to describe a tragedy like this one and although school will resume Thursday, a memorial service will be held at the school Thursday night, according to the Star Tribune.
All four victims were students of Lakeville School, where Olson’s mother is a physical education teacher and Reed’s mother is a former teacher, according to the Pioneer Press.