Bus totaled, boys basketball team on board

The Hettinger School activity bus was destroyed following an accident on Friday, Jan. 13, while on a trip to Dickinson for a boy’s basketball game between Hettinger-Scranton and Dickinson Trinity.

The remains of the Hettinger activities bus after sliding off the road near New England Jan. 13.
The remains of the Hettinger activities bus after sliding off the road near New England Jan. 13.

Posted Jan. 3, 2012

The Hettinger School activity bus was destroyed following an accident on Friday, Jan. 13, while on a trip to Dickinson for a boy’s basketball game between Hettinger-Scranton and Dickinson Trinity. While traveling east on Highway 21 (three miles west of New England), driver Wayne Koltes was negotiating a curve. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol report, while in the curve, a strong gust of wind from the northwest began to push the bus off the roadway. Koltes was unable to maintain his lane of travel and the bus entered the south ditch. Once there, the bus slid until striking a perpendicular gravel roll, rolling one-and-a-half times, coming to ret on the driver’s side.

Ambulance and private vehicles took six students to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson for medical treatment. Twenty-two students were taken to Hettinger hospital.

Several students suffered broken bones, lots of bumps and bruises and possible concussions.

Scranton assistant coach Jeremy Dietchman spent time in the hospital with head injuries and spinal cord swelling

“It was amazing how everyone pulls for each other during such an event and this was a traumatic event,” said then Hettinger School Superintendent Brian Christopherson. “The players remained calm and helped one and other. New England kept our players until we could move them. Everybody pitched in thankfully.”

It took a while, but everyone has healed up and a new bus has finally arrived in time for the new school year.