Sioux County Sheriff

No serious injuries reported in bus accident near Ireton – March 21

On Monday, March 21, at 4:37 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident involving a school bus that occurred on 420th Street, six miles northwest of Ireton, IA.

Robert Van Gelder, age 74, of Alton, IA, was driving a 2016 Thomas school bus for Unity Christian High School westbound on 420th Street. Taylor Schmidt, age 16, of Hawarden, IA, was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger eastbound on 420th Street. Van Gelder crossed the center of the roadway and struck the Ford, lost control of the bus and entered the south ditch; the bus came to rest on its side in a field. Schmidt lost control of the Ford and entered the south ditch; the ford came to rest on its side.

One 17 year old passenger was on the bus at the time, reported minor injuries and declined further medical attention. Schmidt and two passengers in the Ford were all transported by the Ireton Ambulance to Hawarden Regional Health for treatment of minor injuries.

The school bus sustained approximately $50,000 in damage. The Ford sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage.

Van Gelder was cited for failure to maintain proper lane.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Ireton Ambulance, Ireton Fire Department, Hawarden Ambulance, Hawarden Police Department, Sioux Center Police Department and Iowa State Patrol.