A bus carrying about two dozen passengers, including a junior high school volleyball team, crashed Saturday morning between Grenora and Williston, injuring the driver and one adult passenger.
The Williston Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 9 a.m. to assist Grenora Ambulance on Williams County Road 5 about 18 miles south of Grenora. All 23 passengers, including members of the Grenora junior high school volleyball team, were transported and assessed for injuries.
The bus was traveling in moderate rain between 40-45 mph when the bus drifted to the right and the driver steered to the left, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The bus then entered the left ditch and the driver steered to the right. The bus overturned on the roadway, with the bus coming to rest on the driver’s side, the Highway Patrol said.
The Highway Patrol identified the driver as Amanda Myers, 53, Grenora. Myers and one adult passenger suffered minor injuries, said Sgt. Kevin Huston of the Highway Patrol.
Myers was treated and released from the hospital and the adult passenger was transferred to Trinity Health in Minot, Huston said. The passenger’s name was not immediately released.
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Emergency responders transported eight people to be assessed at CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Medical Center's emergency room, said Lt. Mike Fronimos, battalion chief for the Williston Fire Department. The remaining 15 people were transported to the Williston Fire Department Station One, where they were assessed for injuries.
"Once our units arrive on scene, they triage the scene. And basically, the most critical have to be transported immediately, and those who are not critical are held back and transported once all the critical patients have been transferred," Fronimos said.
The Williston Fire Department brought four ambulances to the scene, while the Grenora Ambulance Service responded with two. Fronimos said the Grenora Fire Department, Williston Rural Fire Department, Williams County Emergency Management and Williams County Sheriff's Office also responded.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.