School bus crash kills 1, injures 6 in Renville, Minn.

11:53 AM, Jan 16, 2010   |    comments
  • Maria Nonweiler and her son, Xavier, 3.
  • (l-r) James Nonweiler, his sons Xylon and Xavier, and wife maria
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RENVILLE, Minn. -- A collision between a school bus and a car in southern Minnesota has killed one person and injured at least six others.

Renville County sheriff's officials say a bus carrying the Renville County West boys basketball team hit a car on an icy road north of Renville about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities say a passenger in the car, 27-year-old Maria Karla Nonweiler, was pronounced dead at the scene. The car's driver, 30-year-old James Nonweiler is hospitalized at North Memorial Medical Center with a bruised lung, liver and several broken bones. 

Almost three years to the date, James lost his first wife in a traffic accident and spent three months in the hospital after that crash.  James' first wife had given birth to their son, Xavier, a week before the accident.

"It's a lot of tragedy for the family to handle, but faith helps everybody" said James' brother, Cody Strand. 

A spokesman at RC Hospital in Olivia says Xavier, and four people on the bus were treated and all have now been released.

A benefit has been set up for the Nonweiler family.  Contributions can be made to:

attn: Nonweiler Benefit Account
503 Third St.
Prinsburg, MN 56281

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