WCAX: St. Mike’s LAX Team Okay After Bus Crash on I-87

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St. Michael’s College lacrosse team bus involved in fatal crash

Posted: Mar 12, 2013 1:47 PM EDTUpdated: Mar 12, 2013 6:00 PM EDT

By Jennifer Reading
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. –

It was a close call for the St. Michael’s College men’s lacrosse team Tuesday. A bus carrying 34 student athletes, two coaches and an athletic trainer collided with a sports car on the Adirondack Northway near Albany.

“While traveling southbound in the vicinity of exits 9 and 10, a Porsche traveling in front of the bus lost control for an unknown reason,” N.Y. State Police Lt. Greg Thomas said.

Police say the collision sent the Porsche into the median of Interstate 87 and the bus flipped on its driver’s side into a ditch off the highway. Authorities aren’t sure what caused the car’s driver to lose control. Witnesses say the road was wet. The 65-year-old male driver of the Porsche is hospitalized in critical condition. His 64-year-old female passenger was killed in the crash. Police say four St. Mike’s players were treated for minor injuries.

“Tremendous relief. Yes, we’re very thankful,” said Chris Kenny, the associate athletic director at St. Michael’s College.

St. Mike’s athletic administrators said they’ve spoken to the coaching staff on board who say the student athletes are shaken but safe.

“All of our student athletes and staff members are safe and sound,” Kenny said. “They’ve been transported to a local firehouse where they are receiving support and nourishment and that king of thing. And we’re awaiting future instruction from the State Police at this time.”

“All 34 players and the coaches are being treated here, fed, have a warm place to stay and they’re making plans for their future endeavors for this evening,” Thomas said.

The St. Mike’s lacrosse team was traveling from Colchester to a suburb outside of New York City for a game. The college says it has sent a second bus to pick up the team, but it’s unclear if they’ll play against Mercy College.

“We have made local arrangements for a local hotel stay right there in that area, but we want to circle back with our coaches and talk to them,” Kenny said.

The crash remains under investigation. Police say a third vehicle was also damaged. They’re not yet sure if the van was struck by debris or one of the other vehicles. A crash reconstruction team is investigating. The road reopened Tuesday evening.

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