On Feb. 22, 2017 at about 8:25 a.m. a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by a Sidney High School student collided with a 2004 Sidney School Bus driven by Dennis Golden of Sidney on Knox Road, just east of the Sidney High School.

On Feb. 22, 2017 at about 8:25 a.m. a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by a Sidney High School student collided with a 2004 Sidney School Bus driven by Dennis Golden of Sidney on Knox Road, just east of the Sidney High School.


The student was headed west on Knox Road and for unknown reasons crossed the center line, into the lane occupied by the bus, which was being driven east on Knox Road, taking seven students to a class at the Vocational Ag facility downtown.


Bus driver Golden swerved right and tried but was unable to avoid being hit by the pickup.  The bus was hit in the front and left fender area and ended up in the south ditch; the pickup sustained front end damage.


The student driver was taken by Lifenet to Creighton Hospital in Omaha with non-life-threatening injuries; the bus driver and students were treated on the scene by rescue personnel.  Two students were taken to local hospitals in Hamburg and Nebraska City, and treated and released with minor injuries.  The remaining students and the bus driver were not transported.


The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call and called in the Iowa State Patrol.  Rescue units from Sidney, Hamburg and Percival Rescue responded to the scene.
The reason for the accident is still under investigation.


Sidney High School Principal Bill Huntington said that students were treated on scene by rescue personnel, and those that did not go on to a hospital were being monitored and told to report to staff if they were feeling worse.  Parents of the students on the bus were notified of the accident as quickly as possible, and Huntington said the school would follow up with parents later, too.  All students were also being offered counseling as needed.