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Forum staff reports , Published July 16 2013

Bus driver to be cited in Valley City accident

VALLEY CITY, N.D. - A driver whose bus left the road and crashed in Valley City early Monday will be cited in that accident.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Brian Niewind said a thorough investigation of the Jefferson Lines bus, including a look at all of the mechanical components, found no defects.

Niewind said the bus was in "tip-top shape."

The driver, Stephen Arthur, 46, of Duluth, Minn., initially told troopers the brakes failed, causing the bus to go through a stop sign while exiting Interstate 94 in Valley City around 5 a.m. Monday. The bus came to rest in a ditch.

Jefferson Lines spokesman Kevin Pursey told The Associated Press that the bus was recently inspected and it's doubtful the brakes failed. He says the driver might have taken a corner too fast.

Niewind confirmed that driver error was to blame.

Arthur will be cited for care required and be fined $30.

There were 15 passengers on the bus when it crashed. Five of them suffered minor injuries.

Niewind says it's fortunate the bus didn't tip over, which would have caused more serious injuries.