STOCKTON, Minn. – A Winona woman was critically injured when her car and a school bus collided on snow-covered and icy U.S. 14 while cresting Stockton Hill. Robin Rae Thelen, 62, was airlifted 36 miles to Gundersen hospital in LaCrosse with life-threatening injuries. Two adults and a 10-year old child on the bus were less seriously and were taken eight miles to the Winona hospital. Thelen was alone in her car, a 2006 Buick Lucerne. She was driving east toward Winona. The bus was driven by Theresa Ann Fedie, 64, of Winona. On board were Sara Jean Fenner, 46, of Winona, an aide, and a 10-year-old girl from Goodview, whose name was not released by the State Patrol. The bus was west-bound toward Stockton. The accident blocked U.S 14 for three hours, backing up Winona-bound commuters for a mile before police could block off trafffic at the foot of the bill at State Highway 23 in Stockton and, on the other side, at U.S. Highway 61 in Winona. Drivers already on the hill were guided to back down. The Patrol said the adults on both vehicles were belted. The school girl was not.
Earlier: Rescue helicopter dispatched to Stockton Hill