Forum staff reports, Published July 15 2013
Bus crash near Valley City sends 5 to hospitalVALLEY CITY, N.D. – A motor coach tour driver bound for Minneapolis with 14 passengers lost control of the tour bus near here, landing the bus in the ditch and sending five passengers to the hospital.
North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. David Wolf said driver Stephen D. Arthur, 46, of Duluth, Minn., was headed from Bismarck at about 5 a.m. Monday to their next scheduled stop in Valley City when he tried to slow the bus down on the eastbound off ramp at exit 292 near Valley City.
Arthur told state troopers he tried to use the foot brake, but it had little or no effect.
He tried steering right onto a paved county road, but the bus continued into the east ditch, hit the embankment, and came to rest about 150 yards away in a field southwest of the interchange.
Five passengers were taken by Barnes County Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Valley City. Damages to the bus are estimated to be about $20,000.
Arthur told troopers he had stopped the bus in Bismarck without any mechanical issues.
Wolf said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.