3 Remain in Critical; Sheriff Names Drivers, Students Involved in Semi-Van Crash Near Benson

March 13, 2018 02:41 PM

The Swift County Sheriff's Office released the names Tuesday of the drivers and students involved in a school van-semi crash near Benson Monday and their conditions. Three students remain in critical condition.

Those students were identified as 16-year-old Gaige Sanderson of Danvers, 16-year-old Harleigh Schlief of Danvers and 14-year-old Savannah Schlief of Danvers. 


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The wreck left the seven children in the van and its driver injured, while the semi driver, 43-year-old Jeremy Beyer of Danvers was treated and released at the scene. 

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According to the sheriff's office, 68-year-old Judith Van Eps was driving the van, which was headed southbound on 130th Ave. NW and collided with a semi at the intersection of County Road 20. Eps is in stable condition.

The sheriff said it appeared the van entered the intersection from a gravel road when it was struck in a T-bone fashion by the oncoming semi-truck and trailer, destroying much of the passenger side of the van.

Braydn Sanderson, 15, of Danvers was treated and released.  

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The three other students are in stable condition, including 12-year-old Natasha Schlief of Danvers, 10-year-old Blade Schlief of Danvers and 10-year-old Korah Schroeder of Holloway. 

KSTP has a crew in the area covering this story Tuesday and will bring you the latest on Ch. 5 starting at 4:30 p.m.


Theresa Malloy

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