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MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Only one soldier remains hospitalized after a bus carrying 45 U.S. Army Reserve members overturned Friday afternoon in Mooresville.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the rest of the injured soldiers have all been released from area hospitals as of Saturday.

Spc. Rodney McDonald is reportedly the only one still being treated and was in stable condition at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville.

Authorities said the crash was reported just before 3 p.m. Friday at Alexander Acres Road and Highway 150 and involved a Holiday Tours bus.

State officials said the bus slowed for turning traffic, slid to the right and ran off the road near the intersection of Oak Meadow Road. It was the only vehicle involved in the wreck.

N.C. Highway Patrol said 29 soldiers were hospitalized and 15 more were treated at the scene. Several suffered minor injuries.

Officials said one soldier was airlifted with serious, non-life threatening injuries to Carolina Medical Center.

Highway Patrol officials said the bus driver, 42-year-old Christopher Scott Reed of Randleman, was charged with failure to maintain lane control.

The soldiers were Army Reserve members and are from the 991st Transportation Company based in Salisbury. They were returning from training in Wisconsin.

“It was a bad situation, but our soldiers did what they were trained to do – they helped treat the wounded and made sure their buddies got out,” said Master Sgt. Patrick Compton, an Army spokesman, according to the paper.

Read more: The Charlotte Observer