- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Two members of the Minot State University wrestling team are doing well after being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a weekend bus crash in Montana, the team’s coach said.

“We had two guys with concussion-like symptoms, maybe a little shock,” Ersland told the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1B0bfcX ) on Monday. “When I went to the hospital, one of them was sitting up and doing pretty well. Both are better today.”

The bus was returning the wrestling team to Minot from a competition at the University of Great Falls when it hit ice on U.S. Highway 2 near Dodson, Montana, about 9 p.m. Saturday. The bus slid into a guardrail on a bridge spanning the Milk River, bounced to the opposite guardrail and slid backward into a ditch. No other vehicles were involved.

“We were lucky,” Ersland said. “If we would have left the highway 30 feet sooner or 30 feet later, we definitely would have rolled. A fireman told me if we went over the guardrail and into the Milk River, we would have been in 17 feet of water.”

The two injured wrestlers were held overnight at a medical facility in Malta, Montana. The school did not identify them.

The rest of the team also stayed in Malta overnight while awaiting the arrival of another bus to return them to Minot.


Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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