Adams bus crash

The State Patrol, Mower County Sheriff's Office, Adams Fire and Rescue and Gold Cross Ambulance responded to a head-on collision involving a car and a school bus about 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday. The crash occurred on Minnesota Highway 56 about 2 miles west of Adams.

ADAMS — A 16-year-old girl died Wednesday after the car she was driving collided with a school bus on an icy road about two miles west of Adams in Mower County.

Tess M. Landherr, of Rose Creek, was northbound on Minnesota Highway 56 when she lost control of the vehicle because of road and weather conditions, and was struck by the southbound bus, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.

A passenger in the car, Anna Bruggeman, 15, of Rose Creek, was transported to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester with what the report describes as serious injuries.

The crash occurred at about 3:20 p.m. near Mower County Road 5. Road conditions at the time were described as icy, with blowing and drifting snow in the area.

Poor conditions are also being cited for another fatal crash late Wednesday night in a rollover involving two vehicles on Interstate 90, according to a state patrol report. The crash was at milepost 200 and was reported at 11:36 p.m. I-90 was closed for several hours as the state patrol reconstructed the accident. No further information was available this morning.

About 50 students from Southland Elementary School in Rose Creek were aboard the school bus, which was driven by Kim A. Bissen, 41. None of the elementary students were seriously injured, said Superintendent Steve Sallee, but an 8-year-old girl, Rachel Heller, whose address isn't included in the report, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin.

Bissen also escaped injury, Sallee said.

Landherr, Bruggeman and Bissen were wearing their seat belts, according to the state patrol report.

The students on the bus were transported by another bus to the Adams Fire Hall, where parents arrived in a steady stream until the final student was picked up at about 5 p.m. Minnesota 56 was closed for about four hours as the crash was investigated.

Eric Padilla, 8, of Dexter, was on the bus at the time of the crash.

"I didn't get hurt or anything," he said. "The driver told us, 'Just stay calm.' I wasn't scared."

His brother, Alex Padilla, said his mother heard about the accident, then called home to see if Eric had been dropped off. His father then called the school and learned that Eric was safe.

"I'm just glad he's OK," Alex Padilla said.

Landherr was a member of the Southland Dance Team, and was recently named All-Conference. The dance team banquet, scheduled for tonight, has been canceled. Condolences and remembrances were posted to Landherr's Facebook page and friends were tweeting similar sentiments, as well was childhood photos of Landherr on Twitter.

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