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1 child taken to hospital after school bus goes into ditch

OSAGE — Authorities say a school bus with 10 students aboard went into a roadside ditch on an icy gravel road southwest of Osage in northern Iowa.

The Iowa State Patrol says a 10-year-old boy was taken to a hospital as a precaution after Wednesday morning’s accident. Authorities aren’t releasing the child’s name, but identified the bus driver as 58-year-old John Morische, of Rudd.

Osage Superintendent Barb Schwamman tells station KIMT that proper protocol was followed in the incident.

The patrol says the bus was cresting a hill when it slid off the wet, icy road. It hit a power pole, causing power lines to land on the bus. The bus was evacuated and the students taken to school after officials confirmed that electricity to those lines had been cut off.

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