Blue Hill hopes for low-key bus crash anniversary

A memorial has been established at Webster County roads R
and 1800, the site of the Sept. 5, 2012 school bus-semitrailer
collision in which four people were killed and five were injured.
BLUE HILL — One year after the school bus-semitrailer collision southeast of here that claimed four lives and left five bus passengers injured, survivors have coped well but are dealing with the "new normal."

The two large vehicles collided in the afternoon of Sept. 5, 2012 at the intersection of county roads 1800 and R as the bus was taking students home.

"It just has been day by day," said Jessica Alber, whose daughter Taylor was injured in the crash. "We drive the accident (site) every day because it's right by our corner of our house, but it's fine. We've had a lot of support from the community."

Besides Taylor, Addison Kierl, Cody and Kyle Hubl, and Allie Thallman were injured. Allie's older sister Caroline, along with Dustin Tesdahl, was one of two students killed; semi driver Travis Witte and bus driver Marla Wentworth were also killed.

At the crash site, sunflowers and grass have grown back along the western side of Road 1800, a spot that was heavily damaged by fire. The berm on the eastern side remains bare except for a few flowers that were planted as part of the memorial that also includes four crosses with the names of the victims and the words "never forgotten."

The intersection still is without any stop signs.

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