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Vehicles struck while stopped for school bus

Two vehicles that had stopped behind a school bus picking up children in Rice Lake Township on Monday morning were struck from behind by a third, according to a report from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Two vehicles that had stopped behind a school bus picking up children in Rice Lake Township on Monday morning were struck from behind by a third, according to a report from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office.

Reuben Sedlacek, 77, of Gnesen Township and Jeffrey Arsenault, 33, of Duluth had stopped their westbound vehicles for a bus loading students at Martin Road and First Avenue North at 7:06 a.m., when a third westbound vehicle driven by Karim Ahmad, 51, of Duluth Township struck Arsenault's vehicle from behind, pushing it into Sedlacek's.

Arsenault was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance from the scene, but a Sheriff's Office report said he sustained what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The Arsenault and Ahmad vehicles were considered total losses after the collision, but Sedlacek was able to drive his vehicle away from the scene, according to the report.

Representatives of the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office are investigating the accident.

Peter Passi covers city government for the Duluth News Tribune. He joined the paper in April 2000, initially as a business reporter but has worked a number of beats through the years.
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