Drunk driver hits school bus carrying children

11:36 PM, Dec 16, 2011   |    comments
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A bus carrying nine children was struck by a man believed to be under the influence of alcohol late Friday afternoon.

Authorities responded to an accident just before 5 p.m. Friday at the 2600 block of Clearwater Road.

72-year-old Harold James Gross ran into the rear of a stopped bus with activated lights. The bus driver stated the bus had been stopped long enough for the students to reach the front of the bus and were preparing to exit when struck.

Gross and one juvenile suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were medically cleared at the scene.

Gross was taken to Stearns County Jail on charges of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation and misdemeanor DUI.

The accident is still under investigation.

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