A Lewiston-Altura school bus driver is accused of being drunk when he lost control of a bus carrying five children and crashed into a ditch Tuesday.
Fifty-four-year-old Karl Allen Herber of Rollingstone appeared in Winona District Court Wednesday on a third-degree drunken driving charge. He later posted bail.
Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand says Herber was driving the school bus Tuesday afternoon when he crossed the center line, drove into a ditch and struck several trees along Fern Valley Road south of Rollingstone.
Brand says neither Herber nor the five children on the bus were hurt.
According to the criminal complaint, Herber had a blood-alcohol content of .09 percent. Lewiston-Altura superintendent Jeff Apse said the district has a zero percent standard for school bus drivers.