Driver of school bus that crashed, injuring a dozen, fell asleep at the wheel

The State Patrol revealed the finding after an investigation into the crash.
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The driver of a school bus that crashed and injured a dozen Minnesota students fell asleep at the wheel.

That's the conclusion of a Minnesota State Patrol investigation into the May 7 crash on Hwy. 2, west of Bagley.

Driver Stephen Charnley, 57, was driving 22 high school students from Independent School District 318 in Grand Rapids to Crookston for a field trip when the crash happened.

He lost control, with the bus overturning and ending up in a ditch.

State Patrol spokesman Jesse Grabow told BMTN its investigation determined that Charnley fell asleep at the wheel.

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Charnley and 12 students were taken to hospitals in Fosston and Bagley with non-life threatening injuries.

The Grand Rapids and Bigfork School District announced on Facebook that seven students and the driver were hospitalized straight away, with the others taken in later for check ups. 

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