3 Remain in Critical; Sheriff Names Drivers, Students Involved in Semi-Van Crash Near Benson

The Swift County Sheriff’s Office released the names Tuesday of the drivers and students involved in a school van-semi crash near Benson Monday and their conditions. Three students remain in critical condition. Those students were identified as 16-year-old Gaige Sanderson of Danvers, 16-year-old Harleigh Schlief of Danvers and 14-year-old Savannah Schlief of Danvers. The wreck left the seven children in the van and its driver injured, while the semi driver, 43-year-old Jeremy Beyer of Danvers was treated and released at the scene.
According to the sheriff’s office, 68-year-old Judith Van Eps was driving the van, which was headed southbound on 130th Ave. NW and collided with a semi at the intersection of County Road 20. Eps is in stable condition. The sheriff said it appeared the van entered the intersection from a gravel road when it was struck in a T-bone fashion by the oncoming semi-truck and trailer, destroying much of the passenger side of the van. Braydn Sanderson, 15, of Danvers was treated and released. The three other students are in stable condition, including 12-year-old Natasha Schlief of Danvers, 10-year-old Blade Schlief of Danvers and 10-year-old Korah Schroeder of Holloway.