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Wright County bus crash sends six to area hospitals

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A bus crash on Interstate 94 near St. Michae
A bus crash on Interstate 94 near St. Michael just before 7 p.m. Saturday reportedly injured several riders, who were being treated at area hospitals.
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Updated: March 11, 12:25 p.m.

A bus crash on Interstate 94 near St. Michael just before 7 p.m. Saturday sent six people to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Cheeseman Coach reportedly suffered a medical issue that caused the crash just west of Hwy. 241 at 6:46 p.m.

The driver and five occupants were treated at Centra Care in Monticello, the Minnesota State Patrol said. 

A spokesperson for the Minnesota State Patrol said the bus was transporting the Highland Community College basketball team back to Freeport, Ill., and was traveling eastbound on I-94.  

The bus had departed from the North Dakota School of Science in Whapeton, N.D.

The bus driver had an unknown medical episode, the patrol said.  

The State Patrol said the driver left the interstate and drove in the ditch, hitting trees and freeway fence for about 300 yards before the bus traveled over the eastbound lanes and hit the median cable.