BELMOND — Forty Belmond-Klemme Community School District students were treated and released from Iowa Speciality Hospital-Belmond on Thursday after the school bus in which they were riding was sprayed by a crop duster in Hancock County.
Superintendent Kirk Nelson said bus No. 7 was picking up students for school Thursday morning near Klemme when a crop duster flew over the bus spraying it. Windows were open on the bus at the time.
Nelson said about eight students were on the bus at the time, but the bus driver continued on and picked up additional students in Klemme.
Nelson said the bus driver immediately contacted the transportation director, who then contacted the principal. The principal contacted Nelson.
As a precaution all 40 students and the bus driver were taken to the hospital where they were all treated and released by early Thursday afternoon. Parents were also contacted, Nelson said.
“Everything was well organized,” he said.
The Belmond Police Department, Belmond Ambulance, Belmond Fire Department, Iowa State Patrol, Region 5 Hazmat, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Wright County Sheriff’s Department and Wright County Emergency Management also responded to the incident.
Officials from the Hancock County Sheriff's Department declined to release further details, including who the crop duster pilot was, but said the incident remains under investigation.