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Forum Communications Co., Published January 16 2010

Clara City woman killed in bus crash

OLIVIA, Minn. – A 27-year-old Clara City woman who was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a school bus died Thursday evening, according to a release from the Renville County Sheriff’s Department.

The school bus was transporting the RCW boys basketball team, returning home from a game against MACCRAY in Clara City.

Maria Karla Nonweiler was pronounced dead at the scene. She was a passenger in a northbound car driven by James Nonweiler, 30, of Clara City. James Nonweiler was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and transferred to North Memorial Hospital in the Twin Cities.

The Nonweilers’ 3-year-old son and four passengers on the school bus were transported to hospitals and clinics for evaluation. The other passengers of the bus were evaluated on the scene by medical personnel, and the students were transported to the school in Renville to meet their parents.

The school bus was being driven by Kenneth Ziesmer, 71, of Olivia. The bus was heading southbound on a county highway, and the Nonweiler vehicle was headed northbound. The accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. Thursday on an icy road north of the city of Renville, according a report from the Renville County Sheriff’s Department.

The West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn., is owned by Forum Communications.