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Teenager rear-ends school bus on icy road in Cass County

A Leonard, N.D., teenager rear-ended a school bus Tuesday morning in Cass County, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

The patrol said Sierra Martinez, 15, Leonard, was driving a 2001 Oldsmobile eastbound on N.D. Highway 46 at about 10 a.m. Monday on her way from Leonard to Kindred, N.D. Ahead of her, a 1994 Oshkosh school bus being driven by April Andvik, 45, Kindred, came to a stop outside a residence with its eight-lamp warning system engaged. A witness said Martinez was driving too fast for the conditions and was unable to stop. She lost control and the Oldsmobile slid on the icy road into the left-rear end of the bus.

The bus had six school-age children on board and Martinez had a 3-year-old girl riding as her passenger. There were no injuries.

Andvik and Martinez were wearing seat belts, the patrol said, and Martinez's passenger was secured in a car seat. The children on the bus were not wearing seat belts.

The Oldsmobile sustained heavy front-end damage and the there was moderate damage to the bus' rear end, but it was still driveable, the patrol said.

The patrol cited Martinez for care required.

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