BENSON, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A Minnesota sheriff says eight people have been injured in a crash involving a school van and a semitrailer in western Minnesota.

Swift County Sheriff John Holtz says seven schoolchildren have been injured along with the woman who was driving the van they were in. He says all eight have been taken to hospitals but details about their injuries are not clear.

He says the children are ages 8 to 16.

Holtz says the man driving the semitrailer was evaluated at the scene and released.

The crash occurred Monday afternoon about 10 miles west of Benson, Minnesota. The sheriff’s office says the children were in a Hancock Public School transport van.

“We are working diligently with local authorities to make sure that student and family needs are immediately addressed,” Hancock Superintendent Loren Hacker said in a statement.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

school van semi crash Sheriffs Office: Numerous Injuries In School Van Semi Crash

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  1. People that live in and around Benson know that stopping at stop signs is an option. I lived there. I seen it. It has not been that long ago school kids were killed at an itersection near Benson when they blew through and got hit by a truck. Stop signs mean stop. If the laws are not going to be inforced the norm become blow through them if you don’t see anything coming.

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