Community Christmas accident sends six children to the hospital

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CLAY CENTER, Neb. (KSNB) - Six children were injured Wednesday night during a community Christmas event in Clay Center.

Clay County Sheriff Jeff Franklin told KSNBLocal4 that the accident occurred when an SUV struck a shuttle bus just before 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Clay County fairgrounds. Several passengers were on a trolley shuttle to view Christmas lights around the town.

John Taylor, Clay Center, was driving the shuttle which was going through intersection of Fairground Road and Johnson street.. John Burkland, Clay Center was driving an SUV which struck the shuttle.

Franklin said the children were taken to Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings by ambulances from Clay Center, Harvard and Fairfield.

The shuttle was a 1940's model trolley owned by the Clay County Historical Society.

Franklin said that drugs or alcohol were not involved and that no citations had been issued yet.

Franklin said the children suffered a variety of injuries including broken bones, cuts and bruises, but none were considered to be life-threatening.

The conditions of the children were not known, but at least one of the victims was still hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon.

Franklin said more information about the accident would be released Thursday night.