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Update: Man facing DUI charges in connection with ramming Billings school bus

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:21-04

Update 7:45 p.m.- The driver of the pickup that struck the bus was arrested Monday evening on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Jeremy Bernhard was held at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. He posted bail Monday evening.

Billings police also corrected their initial report and said one person, a teenaged girl, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Sgt. Bret Becker said the bus coming from Skyview had its flashing lights on for about a block before it came to a complete stop and the pickup rammed into it.

The remaining students were transferred to a different bus and were dropped off about an hour later than normal.

Jeremy Bernhard

BILLINGS- Two students were taken to a local hospital Monday afternoon after a First Student bus was rear-ended in Billings Heights.

Other students refused transport from the spot on Bench Boulevard south of the Anchor Avenue intersection. The bus was from Billings Skyview High School. Police say they suspect alcohol may have been a factor.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many students were on the bus. Police said the injuries were not serious.

The 44-year-old man driving the other vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pickup truck, was not injured.

First Student has brought in another bus to pick up uninjured students.

This is a developing story.

Reporting by Paul Humphrey, Q2 News