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911 Transcripts In Cottonwood Crash Released

March 26, 2008, 5:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

911 Transcripts In Cottonwood Crash Released
Courtesy: Marshall Independent

It's ironic that on the day of a bus crash near Madison, Lyon County, Minnesota officials released the transcripts of the 911 calls reporting the deadly Cottonwood school bus crash.

Here's a look at what was first reported to dispatchers last month.  An unidentified woman driving behind the bus was the first to call 911 to report the crash. 

She told a 911 dispatcher: "A van ran into the bus and the bus tipped over." 

Illegal immigrant Olga Franco is accused of running a stop sign and slamming into the Lakeview bus on Highway 23. 

The dispatcher asks the woman who was following the bus whether anyone was crawling out of it. 

She replied, "No, nobody's crawling out of the bus. Oh, now I see one," she said. 

Another man who witnessed the accident also called 911 to report it. 

The rest of the transcript reads like an OnStar commercial. James Hancock of Marshall had OnStar in his pickup, which the bus landed on top of. The OnStar operator told the 911 dispatcher:

"I think there's injuries cuz all I could hear was screaming in the vehicle." 

The OnStar operator put Hancock on the line who says, " I, I'm hurt. I'm hurtin' all over." 

Hancock reports that rescuers have arrived. 

The 911 operator goes on to tell him,
"I have paged ambulances. I have paged fire departments and thank you very much for staying on the line with me, OK?" 

Hancock was treated and released from Avera McKennan hospital in Sioux Falls. The crash killed four Lakeview students.

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