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Mila Koumpilova, Published April 10 2008

Only one Pelican Rapids, Minn., bus crash victim left in hospital

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. – One student here injured in Saturday’s band trip school bus accident now remains at North Memorial Hospital, in Robbinsdale, Minn.

Hannah Klovstad is now listed in fair condition, according to a North Memorial spokesman. She has five fractured ribs and an injured spleen. According to the Pelican Rapids School District Web site, she is feeling better daily.

Klovstad was admitted to the hospital in critical condition after a bus carrying students and chaperones home from a Chicago band trip crashed on Interstate 94 in Albertville, Minn. One student, Jessica Weishair, died at the scene of the accident.

Amy Davenport, who suffered a fractured vertebra in her lower spine in the accident, left the hospital Wednesday. She might need to wear a back brace for several months. Superintendent Deborah Wanek said Davenport stopped by the district office on Thursday and plans to return to classes part-time next week.

“She’s looking pretty good,” Wanek said. “She’s a little worn out and has some swelling still.”

Students at the school met with counselors and social workers from across the area Tuesday. Band members received handmade blankets from volunteers of Project Linus, which donates blankets to children recovering from trauma.

“We’re going through this healing process, which is a rollercoaster ride,” Wanek said. “It’s a painful process, but I think we’re moving forward.”

The funeral service for Jessica Weishair is 2 p.m. Friday at the Pelican Rapids High School gymnasium.