GEORGETOWN, Minn. — Some of the students injured in a rural Clay County school bus crash on Thursday, Oct. 14, have been discharged from area hospitals as the investigation is continuing.

Four students on the Ada-Borup-West School District bus and the driver of a pickup truck hauling a construction trailer were taken to hospitals after the incident that occurred at the intersection of 190th Avenue North and 40th Street North at 7:29 a.m., according to Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting.

It was unclear how many students remained in area hospitals as of Friday morning, Oct. 15, but the pickup driver was still hospitalized with significant but not life-threatening injuries, Empting said.

As the incident is still under investigation and charges may be pending against the pickup driver, Empting refused to release names of the drivers involved in the accident, saying they will be released as early as next week.

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“At this point I don’t know when that will be,” he said about releasing the pickup driver’s name. “He is still in the hospital, and we haven’t been able to talk to him. He is still being treated.”

The pickup driver, who was northbound, had a yield sign.

A pickup truck with license plates from North Dakota is pulled out of the ditch on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in rural Clay County after a crash with an Ada-Borup-West school bus. 
C.S. Hagen / The Forum
A pickup truck with license plates from North Dakota is pulled out of the ditch on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in rural Clay County after a crash with an Ada-Borup-West school bus. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

“It appears the driver of the pickup failed to yield for the sign. We are continuing with the investigation into the crash and will be viewing video from the school bus,” a Clay County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.

Ada-Borup-West School District Superintendent Aaron Cook said the school’s mental health staff is helping students and providing support, and the bus driver is not prepared to comment at this time.

“He is still pretty shaken up. The bus driver was not hurt, and he did a great job doing what he was trained to do and getting students out of there and getting them safe,” Cook said.

On arrival at the scene of the accident, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office found four students on the school bus that were injured and were being attended to by the school bus driver and other passing motorists, the department stated in a press release.

One student was transported to a Fargo Hospital by Airmed, two were transported by Sanford Ambulance and one was transported by a Norman County Ambulance, all with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The driver of the pickup was transported to a Fargo hospital.