A school bus carrying nearly two dozen people crashed shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, near the intersection of County Road 5 and 66th Street NW in rural Williams County.

The bus was carrying the Grenora junior high volleyball team and had a total of 23 passengers, according to a news release from the Williston Fire Department.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol said Saturday that the driver and one passenger were taken to CHI St. Alexius in Williston with minor injuries.

All of the passengers were taken to local hospitals for examination, according to the Williston Fire Department.

The bus was heading south on County Road 5, heading from Grenora to Lambert, Montana, according to the Highway Patrol.

Driver Amanda Myers, 53, of Grenora, was driving between 40 and 45 mph when the vehicle went onto the edge of the road.

Myers steered left and the bus went into the left roadside ditch, police said.

A joint statement from Aaron Rudningen, the superintendent of Grenora Public Schools and Tony Holecek, the superintendent of the Westby, Montana, school district, thanked those who helped.

”We would like to thank the following agencies for their quick response and excellent medical care,” the pair wrote. “Grenora Ambulance, Grenora Rural Fire Department, Williston Ambulance, Williston Fire Department, William County Emergency Management, CHI St. Alexius Hospital, medical professionals that were called in to assist CHI St. Alexius Hospital, parents, relatives, and other good Samaritans that helped. Your hard work and dedication is so greatly appreciated.”

Counselors were set to be available at both schools on Monday.

The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

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