Eight Injured When School Van & Semi Collide – UPDATE 13 Mar 18

BENSON – On March 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm Swift County Sheriff office received a 911 call of a two vehicle crash at County Road 20 and County Road 63 NW, Danvers, MN.

While responding, deputies were notified that it was a crash involving a van carrying school children and a semi-truck. The Sheriff’s Office also paged out for Appleton Ambulance & Fire, Benson Ambulance & Fire, Stevens County Medical Ambulances, Danvers First Responders and Fire, and Holloway First Responders. MN State Patrol, Benson and Appleton police departments also responded. Arriving at the scene, responders found there was an adult driver of the van and seven school children along with one semi-truck driver.

Fire and Ambulances transported parties involved to the Swift County-Benson Hospital and the Appleton Hospital. Life Link also responded to the scene to assist with transports. The incident is still under investigation by the Swift County Sheriff’s department and the MN State Patrol. Swift County activated its trauma team in response to the incident.


The Hancock Public School van was driven by Judith Van Eps, 68 of Hancock (stable) which was headed southbound on 130th Ave NW and collided with the semi driven by Jeremy Beyer, 43 of Danvers (treated and released at scene).

Semi was traveling east on Cty Rd 20 when the van struck the front drivers wheel directly behind the cab of the semi-tractor.

Passengers in the school van were Gaige Sanderson, 16 of Danvers (critical), Harleigh Schlief, 16 of Danvers (critical), Braydn Sanderson, 15 of Danvers (treated and released), Savannah Schlief, 14 of Danvers (critical condition), Natasha Schlief, 12 of Danvers (stable), Blade Schlief, 10 of Danvers (stable), and Korah Schroeder, 10 of Holloway (stable).

These are the last updated conditions that the Swift County Sheriff’s Office is aware of.

  • http://donnellyminn.blogspot.com/ allen e anderson

    good news so far nobody has died