Update: Drivers identified, two seriously injured in three-vehicle Fargo crash involving school bus

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Fargo, ND) -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol says two people were seriously injured in a crash Monday morning on 25th St. S. near 34th Avenue S in Fargo. 

Investigators say at 9:02 a.m. a driver in a northbound Jeep stopped to make a left hand turn into Casey's Gas Station. The driver of a northbound school bus failed to see the stopped jeep, and rear ended the vehicle, pushing it into the path of a  southbound Ford Explorer. The Jeep struck the Explorer and overturned, ejecting the driver of the Jeep. The Explorer then crashed into a tree on the east side of 25th St. 

The driver of the Jeep is identified as 31-year-old Fargo resident Timothy Gruchow. Gruchow sustained serious injuries as a result of the crash and was transported by FM Ambulance to Essentia Health. 

The driver of the Ford Explorer was 51-year-old Fargo resident Evon Wilson, who also sustained serious injuries and was taken by FM Ambulance to Sanford Medial Center.

The school bus was being operated by the Valley Bus company. The driver was 66-year-old Fargo resident Rose Schlaht. She was not injured in the crash. The bus had already dropped off students at Fargo Davies High School and no children were on board at the time of the crash.

The crash scene was closed for two hours for the investigation and cleanup, and the accident remains under investigation. Possible criminal charges are also under review.

Fargo police and local fire crews also responded to the scene.

INITIAL REPORT: Three vehicles, including school bus, involved in crash in South Fargo