MARCUS, Iowa (KCAU) — A crash involving a bus carrying MMCRU students caused three students and the bus driver to be transported to a local hospital Thursday morning.

Iowa State Patrol (ISP) reported that the crash happened at around 7:34 a.m. just east of Marcus when a semi failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the bus. ISP told KCAU 9 approximately 23 students were on the bus.

The semi, driven by James Nieuwenhuis of Hospers, was traveling north on F Avenue when it entered the intersection of F Avenue and 470 Street and made contact with the bus which was heading west. Both vehicles partially entered the ditch, according to the ISP.

School officials said that ambulances from three communities reported to the scene to provide care. Three students and the driver of the bus, identified as Leslie Pederson of Cleghorn, had to be taken to a nearby hospital. A helicopter was also dispatched from Sioux City but was called back when it was deemed unnecessary. MMCRU Superintendent Dan Barkel told KCAU 9 that the three students and Pederson have been released from the hospital as of Thursday afternoon.

Cherokee County Sheriff Derek Scott said that he was told everyone that was on the bus was examined and those without injuries were put on an alternate bus and taken to the school.

MMCRU Superintendent Dan Barkel said that they had school staff ready to take care of the students that arrived at the school by having the nurse and secretary check with the students for any lingering injuries.

“We are extremely grateful that our driver and students have been spared serious injuries during the collision,” Barkel said in a statement. “We have our school counselors available to meet with students as a result of this incident. We pray for healing for the injuries that were sustained, and ask for your continued prayers for the safety of our students and staff at MMCRU.”

The driver of the semi is being charged with failure to yield.