2 killed in bus crash identified

Published 11:15 am Thursday, November 19, 2009

The names of the two bus passengers killed in Wednesday’s crash have been released.

Rhonda R. Hill, 52, of Plainview and Pamela S. Holmquist, 56, of Kasson died from injuries sustained in a bus crash, according to death notices issued from Schleicher Funeral Homes of Plainview and Dibble Funeral Home of Kasson.

The Minnesota State Patrol has also released their names.

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A full release with the names of the deceased and those injured is expected later Thursday.

The bus landed on its right side after crossing a grassy median and somehow avoided oncoming traffic on Interstate 90 three miles west of Austin, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The bus belonged to Strain Motorcoach Tours of Rochester. It was headed back to Rochester following a day trip to Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa, according to a Strain representative.