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High School Girl Dies in Bus Crash

A Pelican Rapids High School Girl was killed in a bus crash on Interstate 94 early Saturday, according to the Star Tribune.

Jessica Weishair, 16, was killed when a bus carrying students back from a spring break band trip in Chicago crashed and skidded into a ditch. She was pronounced dead on the scene according to some reports. (Pioneer Press)

There were a total of 47 students and chaperones on the bus when it crashed, dozens of whom were injured. Rescuers spent hours getting students who had arms and legs trapped out from under the bus, according to State Patrol Lt. Mark Peterson. (Star Tribune)

"All they said was it was dark, most of them were sleeping and didn't know what happened," said Mercy Hospitol spokeswoman Gloria O'Connell. (Pioneer Press)

The cause of the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Wright County road 37 and I-94, was not immediately determined, reported the Pioneer Press.

The bus was driven by Loren D. Ernst, 69. There was a second bus also transporting kids that were unhurt

"He is an experienced driver," said Jay Richards, co-owner of the company Richards Transportation Service in Moorhead to which the truck belonged to. (Star Tribune)