KINDRED, N.D. — A vigil was held here on Monday for a bus driver who had both legs amputated as a result of an accident with four semis in severely foggy weather, Grand Forks Herald reports.
Bus driver Cathryn Jostad was driving 34 fourth graders, two teachers and a paraprofessional on the highway for a field trip last Friday morning in heavy fog when she hit a semi that was trying to turn onto the highway, and then three other semis slammed into the crash scene, according to the newspaper. It took nearly an hour for first responders to remove Jostad from the wreckage, according to Grand Forks Herald. The North Dakota Highway Patrol told the newspaper that Jostad was the only person who was seriously injured in the crash.
Jostad was taken to the hospital and had both legs removed in a life-saving operation, her family told Grand Forks Herald. Jostad’s daughter, Lisa Jostad, wrote on CaringBridge, an online health journal, that by the time her mother arrived at the hospital, she "went into respiratory and cardiac arrest," according to the newspaper. On Sunday, her daughter wrote that "her vitals and labs look better" and “Prognosis is guarded, but everything that can be done to help her is being done.”
More than 150 people gathered at a vigil outside the bus facility to show their support, according the Grand Forks Herald. Keri Whipple, whose son was on the bus that crashed, helped organize the vigil. She told the newspaper that while she did not have all the details on the crash, it appeared that Cathryn Jostad put herself in harm's way to protect the children.
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