• October 18, 2022

Darlene Buchmeier, Children Injured in Bus Accident in Bricelyn, MN

Bricelyn, MN -- October 14, 2022, Darlene Buchmeier and two children were injured after an accident where a bus and a truck crashed.

Officials said that the incident happened at around 3:30 p.m. in the area of County Road 2 and 510th Avenue.

It appears that 79-year-old Darlene Buchmeier was driving a Prairie Lakes bus on County Road 2. Ahead, police say that a semi-truck turned onto the road, following which the bus crashed into it.

As a result of the collision, Buchmeier and two children on the bus were taken to hospitals with various injuries. It's unclear if anyone was seriously hurt. Police say that the truck driver "didn't see" the bus, but additional details are unavailable at this time.

Commentary on Darlene Buchmeier Bus Accident in Bricelyn

It's obviously concerning that a truck driver apparently "didn't see" a large school bus--a vehicle that's typically about as visible as a vehicle can get. The question, however, is why the driver didn't see the bus. It could be as simple as inattention or not being careful enough looking into the sun. Sometimes, though, it's even more complex than just some driver making a mistake.

Darlene Buchmeier, Children Injured in Bus Accident in Bricelyn, MN

I had one case a while back, for example, where a truck driver's mistake wasn't necessarily theirs alone. We found that he'd been texting his supervisor at the time, but that supervisor more or less required him to do so. The guy would call and text drivers constantly, and if they didn't respond quickly enough, he'd get mad. These drivers basically had to choose between being a safe driver and risking their jobs or appeasing their boss and risking their safety and the safety of those around them. It was just a matter of time before someone got hurt.

I'm not saying that happened here, of course. My point is that folks generally think situations like the one described here are straight-forward. In reality, there are often unique challenges that require someone with enough experience to successfully navigate. Perhaps more thorough investigations would show similar events led to this crash, as well.


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