Semi crashes into southern Minnesota school, students injured

- Multiple students were injured after a semi-truck crashed into a school classroom Tuesday morning in southern Minnesota, with authorities still investigating just how and why the incident occurred.

It was a startling experience for 300-some Lyle Public School students on an otherwise quiet day early in the semester, though with authorities rushing to evacuate the school while diesel fuel spilled into the building, authorities say it could have been so much worse. 

"That’s what’s scary when you think about it," said Rev. Eileen Woyen, whose two children were inside the building at the time of the crash. "If it was only a couple feet one way or the other we might have had a different story."

It all started just before 8:30 a.m. in Lyle, Minn., when a semi rear-ended another car on the highway and veered off toward the school, which sits about 100 yards off the roadway. State Patrol said there were no indications the driver even touched his brakes before ramming the school building, though they have already ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash.

Two students suffered minor injuries during the impact, according to Chief Deputy Mark May with the Mower County sheriff's office, while the condition of the semi driver is unknown. 

"I've never seen a crash like this," State Patrol spokesperson Troy Christianson said.

Students were released from the school shortly after the incident, while authorities began the job of cleaning up the diesel fuel that had spilled into the building. School officials canceled classes Wednesday and said it's unclear when classes will resume.

In the meantime, Minnesota State Patrol and the Mower County sheriff's office are investigating the crash. 

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