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All junior high school volleyball players involved in a bus crash Saturday morning in rural Williams County returned to school Monday, according to superintendents.

The bus carried the Mon-Dak Thunder Volleyball team, which includes students from Grenora and Westby, Mont., public schools. The team was traveling to a match in Lambert, Mont., when the bus with 23 people on board crashed shortly after 9 a.m. between Grenora and Williston.

Counselors were made available Monday at both Westby and Grenora public schools, according to the statement from the superintendents. 

The bus drifted into the left ditch and overturned on the roadway, the Highway Patrol told the Tribune Saturday. The driver and an adult suffered minor injuries, with the adult transferred to a Minot hospital. Eight other people were taken to a Williston hospital, with the rest assessed at a Williston Fire Department station.

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All of the people transported to the Williston hospital have been released, Grenora Superintendent Aaron Rudningen said Monday. He couldn't confirm whether anyone had been admitted to the hospital after being brought there Saturday. The adult transferred to the Minot hospital remained there Monday but was in stable condition, he said. All Grenora and Westby students were back in school Monday, according to Rudningen and Westby Public School Superintendent Tony Holcek.

The bus driver, identified by the Highway Patrol as Amanda Myers, 53, Grenora, was released from the Williston hospital on the day of the crash, Rudningen said. The Highway Patrol did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment on whether any citations or charges were being considered in the crash. 

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The schools were waiting an accident report from the Highway Patrol, Rudningen said. In the meantime, Myers is not driving bus for the school.

 

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Reach Andy Tsubasa Field at 701-250-8264 or andy.field@bismarcktribune.com.

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