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      School bus crash!

      Update: The Missouri State Highway Patrol told KTVO Wednesday that the driver of the van, Cindy Bell of Kirksville, was cited for careless and imprudent driving. Both Novinger students who were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center were treated and released.


      Two students suffered minor injuries when a van crashed into their school bus Tuesday on Highway 6, three-tenths of a mile east of Novinger, at the Chariton River bridge. The bus was carrying the Adair County R-1 softball team to a game in Schuyler County when the crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the bus was stopped by a flagman at the Chariton River bridge. That stretch of highway is a bridge construction zone that was down to one-lane traffic. Authorities said the van, driven by Cindy Bell, 25, of Kirksville, hit the school bus in the rear. A first-responder estimates the van was traveling 60 miles per hour when it rear-ended the school bus. Authorities report the bus was driven by William Morgenstern, 64, of Novinger.According to the Highway Patrol crash report, Bell suffered moderate injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. The crash report states two passengers on the bus, Ashlyn Billington, 15, and Emily Reardon, 16, both of Novinger, were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville with minor injuries.Damage to the school bus is described as moderate, while the van had extensive damage.The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff's Office and the Novinger Fire Department.