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Man flown to Rochester hospital after rear-ending school bus in Hancock county

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GARNER, IOWA – A man was hurt when he rear-ended a school bus in Hancock county Monday afternoon.

A 911 call was received at the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 4:11 p.m. This call was reporting a motor vehicle accident between a Garner Hayfield Ventura School bus and a red 2003 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. The location of the accident was 2198 Vail Avenue, Rural Garner.

The northbound school bus was stopped at the location of the accident and had just dropped off two students.

Stephen Edward Markle II, 32 years old, was also driving northbound on Vail Ave. Markle failed to stop or avoid the stopped school bus and ran into the rear of the school bus.

There were 8 students and the driver on the bus, all of whom were uninjured. All were evaluated by medical personnel.

Stephen Markle was flown from the scene by Mercy Air Med helicopter to Mercy Medical Center North Iowa and later transferred to a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota No condition is available on Markle.

Assisting the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at the scene was the Garner Police Department, Garner Fire Department, Garner Volunteer Ambulance Service, and Mercy Air Med Helicopter Service.

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