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ISSUE 119 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 10/28/2005

Truck hits Cantorei bus

By Allie Helling
Staff Writer

Friday, October 28, 2005

Last Thursday morning, one of the two coach tour buses carrying Cantorei choir members was involved in a small accident as the choir returned to Minnesota from its five-day tour. No one was injured.

The accident occurred on Interstate Highway 90-94 close to Wisconsin Dells, Wis. A pick-up truck towing a trailer hit one of the buses when the truck tried to merge into the lane the bus was occupying.

"It was what looked like a large white trailer hit the middle right side of our bus pretty hard," Kaitlin Sublette '08 said. "All we could do was sit there and watch."

At the time of the accident, most students were sleeping and subsequently woken up.

"I woke up and saw a flash of metal as it rammed the side of the bus," Jake Erickson '06 said.

Those in the bus when it was hit felt it wobble back and forth and heard luggage and equipment roll around underneath them.

"Our bus swayed right and left for probably seven seconds," Kaitlin Sublette said. "It was a pretty scary situation."

After the accident, both buses pulled onto the side of the highway, and waited there for approximately 30 minutes while the highway patrol arrived and assessed the situation.

"Everyone on board was too nervous to say anything at first, and then everyone started talking at once," Marcus Sublette '06 said.

It is still unclear as to why the driver of the pick-up truck did not see the coach bus.

While no one was injured in the ordeal, the coach bus sustained large scrapes on the passenger side, where it was hit.

However, there was no excessive damage.

"Needless to say, our bus driver was basically our hero for the rest of the day," Kaitlin Sublette said.

The choir returned safely to St. Olaf without any other incidents, wrapping up its tour and performing a homecoming concert that night for the St. Olaf community in Boe Chapel.

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