Iowa school district says crop duster sprayed bus

BELMOND – Students in a northern Iowa school district were treated at a hospital Thursday after a crop duster accidentally flew over and sprayed their bus, according to officials investigating the incident.

The students from the Belmond-Klemme Community School District were traveling to an elementary school and combined junior and senior high school in Hancock County when the incident happened, Superintendent Kirk Nelson said.

Nelson said at least seven students were in the bus when the crop duster flew over and sprayed what he believes was insecticide. About 25 additional students were then picked up.

The district later contacted parents and guardians, and the students were taken to a local hospital as a precaution. None of the students has reported feeling ill, Nelson said. A note about the incident was posted to the district’s website, and it suggests that caregivers also take the students to their family physician.

Nelson said the ages of the students are unclear because multiple district buses take students to different schools.