Minnesota governor candidate Rich Stanek released from hospital after crash

A photo shows the damage to the truck and Malibu after the crash. (Supplied)

Former Hennepin County Sheriff and Republican gubernatorial candidate Rich Stanek is out of the hospital after a serious crash in Buffalo, Minnesota on Tuesday.

A spokesperson for Stanek said he was leaving a campaign event when the crash occurred. 

A report from the Minnesota State Patrol says Stanek was behind the wheel of a Ram 1500 that pulled out of a church parking lot and collided with a Chevy Malibu around 8:30 p.m. The crash left the driver of the Malibu, a 40-year-old woman, and Stanek both injured.

Stanek remained in the hospital Wednesday night. A representative for the former Sheriff said Stanek was "a bit sore" and that doctors wanted to keep an eye on his neck and back.

"He was taken to the hospital out of an abundance of caution," said Stanek for Governor communications director Jon Collins. "As soon as the doctors give him the all clear, he’ll be back on the campaign trail."

While State Patrol has not released the cause of the crash, the initial report said alcohol was not a factor with either driver.  

In a statement on Thursday, Stanek's campaign said the former sheriff has been released from the hospital.

"I want to thank everyone across Minnesota for their warm wishes. I also want to thank the medical professionals at North Memorial Health Hospital, and the first responders at the scene who took great care of me, and everyone involved. Finally, I want to wish the other driver a full recovery," a statement from Rich Stanek reads. "I may have taken a couple days off from the campaign trail to rest, but I will be back on the campaign trial later today.