UPDATE: Following Saturday evening's crash involving the Highland Community College, Women's Basketball team, the school has issued a statement saying,
“Our players, coaches, and staff went through such a traumatic incident last night, and we are so thankful for the fast response to the emergency and medical crews who were quickly on the scene to respond,” said Highland Community College President, Tim Hood. “From moments after learning about the incident to right now, we are concentrating on the physical and emotional support to the team following this terrible accident.”
The Women's basketball team, comprised of 16 players, coaches and staff were returning to Freeport from their NJCAA district play-off game in Wahpeton, ND. The school says around 6:45 Friday evening, the Cheeseman Coach bus crashed near St. Michael, Minnesota. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the bus left I-94 for around 300-yards before coming to a stop.
Officials say the driver of the bus was suffering a medical episode. The driver and five other individuals were transported to hospitals in Monticello, Minn. Those five individuals have since been released from the hospital.
Several people are injured after a coach bus transporting the Highland Community College women's basketball team crashed in Minnesota Saturday evening.
Minnesota State Police say the crash happened around 6:45 in the evening in Wright County, west of Minneapolis.
The team was traveling back from the North Dakota School of Science, when police say the driver had a medical episode.
The bus crashed into the median and struck several trees and a sign before ending up in a ditch.
Police say the driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries along with five other passengers.
Four others were also hurt in the crash, but were not taken to the hospital.