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HAM LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) – A school bus and a vehicle collided in Ham Lake, Minn. early Tuesday morning.

The crash happened along Highway 65 near 143rd Avenue Northeast just before 8 a.m. The bus was stopped on 143rd and attempting to cross the highway when it was struck.

According to the State Patrol, the 23-year-old driver of the vehicle, which was driving northbound on Highway 65, fell asleep while on the road. The car veered into the ditch.

When the car approached 143rd, where the bus was waiting to cross, it hit an embankment and went airborne over the hood of the bus and into the ditch on the other side, the State Patrol said.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the vehicle involved in the crash landed on its roof.

One minor injury was reported, though no one had yet been transported from the scene.

The Anoka-Hennepin School District said there were four people aboard the bus at the time of the crash — two students, the driver and a para-educator.

None of the people aboard the bus sustained any injury. A second bus was sent to the scene to transport the students to Roosevelt Middle School.

According to the State Patrol, the driver of the car was on the scene, speaking with authorities. There were no immediate signs of impairment.

Both drivers told the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office they were “shook up” by the incident.

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