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UPDATE: Counselors On-Hand in Lyle Once School Resumes

January 16, 2018 07:12 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Minnesota State Patrol said a semi truck went off the road, and drove right into the school, sending two kids to the hospital.

"Started off like any other normal morning at Lyle public schools, smiles on everybody's faces," said Lyle School District Superintendent Bryan Boysen.

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But it quickly turned a different direction around 8:30 Tuesday morning.  Boysen said he knew something was wrong when the fire alarms went off.

"Ran out of the office to see what was going on and immediately saw smoke coming down the hallway. I entered our art classroom where I walked in and I saw a semi-truck inside my school building," Boysen said.

According to Minnesota State Patrol, a car e traveling southbound on Highway 218 was making a left turn when the semi also traveling southbound was unable to stop in time.

"Struck the vehicle and then the semi went down into the ditch, through the ditch, and into the school," Minnesota State Patrol Sergeant Troy Christianson said.

The semi struck a load-bearing wall, which Christianson said slowed down the semi.

"It did not go directly into a classroom, but both classrooms were affected. Two students were injured; we believe at this time minor injuries and two people from the vehicle that the semi struck first was also transported to the hospital," Christensen added.

According to an aunt of one of the students injured in Tuesday’s accident, her niece received staples to her face and back of the head.  She said she also has a fractured eye socket and will have surgery once the swelling goes down--but believes a brick hit her and is expected to be okay.

The semi driver was not injured.  

"The good Lord was looking over us. It could've been a lot worse. You think about it, you have a ginormous vehicle break through and destroy, enter a classroom. It could've been a lot worse," Superintendent Boysen said.

Boysen said if the truck had hit about a foot more to the left, the situation could have ended in casualties instead of injuries.

The truck was pulled out of the building around 2:00 p.m. and the school was boarded up.  The State Patrol is investigating why the truck could not stop in time.
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The Lyle Public School District has canceled class for Wednesday and the superintendent said counseling will be provided to students once classes resume.

According to a message sent to parents of students, the school will be closed on Wednesday due to significant damage to two classrooms and ongoing cleanup.  No word on if the school will resume on Thursday.

The superintendent, Bryan Boysen, also wrote that counseling services will be available for students once school resumes.

The full message sent to parents said, "Lyle Public School Lyle Parents/Guardians: Thank you for your time and patience with this situation.  While we are concerned about our two students who were injured, I want to take this time to let you know that students and staff that were involved today are safe and unharmed physically.  We exercised our fire evacuation plan with precision and were able to get everyone out of the building quickly and too [sic] Our Saviors Church to avoid the extreme cold as most of the students did not have any coats or hats on.  There will be no school tomorrow for certain.  I will stay in touch with you regarding your children/s belongings being picked up.  As of right now, students cannot be in the school due to cleaning up the rooms that were severely damaged.  When school is back in session we will be providing counseling services here in the school for students.  Thank you, Bryan Boysen, Superintendent."

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The family of one of the students injured says she is going to to be OK.

According to an aunt of one of the students injured in Tuesday's accident, the girl has received staples to her face and back of the head.  The aunt said she also has a fractured orbit of the eye socket and will have surgery once the swelling goes down.

The aunt said the family believes a brick hit her in the head but that she is going to be OK.

According to the Lyle Public School Superintendent Bryan Boysen, a total of four people were injured in the accident.  Two were students inside the school building at the time and two others were in a vehicle hit by the semi-truck.

The district is asking all parents to pick up their children at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

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According to Lyle Public School Superintendent Bryan Boysen, two students along with two people inside a vehicle were injured after a semi-truck crashed into the school Tuesday morning.

Boysen said two students who were inside the school at the time of the accident were injured; along with a driver and a child passenger in a vehicle that was hit by the semi.

Our reporter on the scene said the semi crashed into an art classroom while class was in session.

Officials are worried the roof may collapse when the semi truck is removed.

Nobody is being allowed inside the school at this time.

The district is asking parents to pick up their children at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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Possibly four people have been injured after a semi-truck crashed into the Lyle Public School building.

According to our reporter on the scene, the semi rear-ended a car on Highway 218, the car went into the ditch and the semi left the Highway and crashed into the west side of the school.

It appears the entire cab is inside the building.

Four people were possibly injured in the accident.  

The Lyle Public School District sent a text message to parents Tuesday morning saying, "All students are safe and accounted for and are located out Our Saviors Lutheran Church."

Law enforcement has closed both north and southbound lanes of Highway 218 just north of the downtown area, traffic is being diverted.

Our team will remain at the scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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A Semi-truck has reportedly crashed into Lyle Public School building.

According to a parent of a student, the Lyle School District sent out a text message to parents Tuesday morning reading, "Attn Lyle Parents -We have had an emergency at school All students are safe and accounted for and are located at our saviors Lutheran church. Presently buses will not take students home. Please arrange to pick up your child at the church as soon as possible. Your child will be checked by a first responder as a precaution. Please refrain from calling the school at this time...Parents, please pick up your child(ren) at the Fellowship Hall at the church. Thank you! Lyle Public School Staff - no one enters the building at this time."

We have a reporter on scene and are waiting on details from law enforcement.  We will bring you updates as soon as they become available.
 

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