12-year-old River Falls boy in fair condition after being run over by a school busArea News
-- A 12-year-old boy is still hospitalized in fair condition, after he was run over by a school bus in River Falls.
A 12-year-old boy is still hospitalized in fair condition, after he was run over by a school bus in River Falls. Police said Jacob Wheeler was crossing a street against a “do not walk” light, and the bus was turning left on a green arrow when it hit the youngster. Officials said the bus knocked the boy down, and the rear wheels ran over his legs. The mishap occurred last Friday. No youngsters were aboard the bus at the time. Police said the driver had the right-of-way and was not ticketed -- but the driver had not seen the youngster, and investigators are not sure why. Jacob is recovering at the Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care facility in Saint Paul Minnesota.
Officials said there were no problems yesterday, as Wisconsin drivers who use the Stillwater Lift Bridge north of Hudson had to find other ways to cross into Minnesota. Mary McFarland of the Gopher State’s D-O-T said traffic was a little heavier on the Interstate-94 bridge at Hudson, but things went smoothly. Other drivers used the Highway 243 bridge at Osceola. Thousands of Wisconsinites are affected by the closing of the Stillwater Lift Bridge – especially those who work in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. About three-and-a-half million dollars in repairs are being made to keep the bridge in good shape until a new four-lane structure opens in 2016. Then, only bicycles and pedestrians can use the 80-year-old lift bridge. The current construction will keep the bridge closed to traffic until late December. Boats will only be able to cross under the structure on three Sundays this fall – October 21st and 28th, and November fourth.