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Austin bus crash victims identified

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The two people killed in the coach bus crash Wednesday afternoon on I-90 in Austin have been identified.

The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the victims as 56-year-old Pamela S. Holmquist of Kasson and 52-year-old Rhonda R. Hill of Plainview.

21 other people were hurt.  The State Patrol identifies them as: Edwin Erickson, 52, of Elgin, the driver of the bus; Beverly J. Cooper, 78, of Rochester; Richard Cooper, 83, of Rochester; Prem Deep, 87, of Rochester; Russell F. Denzer, 57, of Mohave Valley, Arizona; Helen Eubank, 80, of Rochester; Alice M. Greene, 72, of Rochester; Maurice A. Greene, 72, of Rochester; Betty O. Homquist, 82, of Kasson; Earl W. Kesler, 73, of Rochester; Mary L. Kesler, 74, of Rochester; Adele A. Larson, 85, of Rochester; Leon A. Markham, 78, of Mantorville; Virginia R. Markham, 75, of Mantorville; Janice M. Murphy, 72, of Rochester; Betty M. Prigge, 77, of Byron; David C. Prigge, 76, of Byron; Joyce B. Sievert, 76, of Kasson; Ardell M. Swenson, 71, of Austin; Helen M. Wilde, 66, of Byron; and James H. Wilde, 66, of Byron.

Of the survivors, police say Helen Eubank is hospitalized in critical condition.  The driver of the bus, Edwin Erickson, is also hospitalized in serious condition.  The State Patrol reports that ten of those on the bus have non-life threatening injuries, while eight others were treated and released from area hospitals.

Around 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, a Strain Motor Coach Company bus rolled on I-90 near mile marker 174. Several medical helicopters responded to the scene, including Mayo One, mayo Two, Mayo Three and Mercy Air Life medical helicopter.

14 patients were taken to Austin Medical Center, six to Albert Lea, and the driver was airlifted to Saint Marys Hospital.

More than a dozen emergency vehicles were on the scene initially, including the Mower County Sheriff's Department, Austin Fire Department and Minnesota State Patrol.

According to Mn/DOT, I-90 westbound was shut down from for about nine miles until around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Eastbound I-90 reopened at 6:30 p.m.

The bus was on its way back from Diamond Jo Casino in Iowa and was headed to the Kasson-Mantorville area.

According to the bus company, 22 passengers, mostly elderly men and women were on the bus.

The driver of the bus, Ed Erickson from Elgin, has been a bus driver for 30 years. He was critically injured in the crash and airlifted to Saint Marys Hospital.

Bus company spokesman Randy Lavoie tells the Post-Bulletin that the bus driver suffered an aneurysm in his chest and lost consciousness shortly before the crash.

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