BU-Maine women’s basketball game postponed after bus crash on I-95
|02.27.13 at 10:22 am ET|
The University of Maine women’s basketball team’s game at Boston University Wednesday was postponed after the team bus crashed on I-95 north of Boston on Tuesday. None of the passengers on board were seriously injured, although freshman guard Milica Mitrovic was treated at a local hospital for a broken hand.
Wednesday’s game was to be the last of the season for the Terriers. The Black Bears are scheduled for one more, on March 2 against the University of New Hampshire. A date has not been announced for a makeup game, and Maine athletic director Steve Abbott said he’s not sure it will be rescheduled.
“They’re going to stay at an area hotel tonight and then [John T. Cyr & Sons Bus] is sending a bus down to collect the players and coaches and bring them back,” Abbott said Tuesday. “We’re not going to play tomorrow. I don’t know if it will be rescheduled. I would be surprised if it was, since the game won’t have any bearing on the current [America East conference] standings.”
Maine is in last place in America East with a 4-23 record, and while BU has the second-best record, the Terriers are not eligible for the conference playoffs due to their upcoming transition to the Patriot League.
The bus crash occurred Tuesday night when the driver lost control of the wheel after a medical episode. The bus veered across the center line of I-95 South near Georgetown, crossed the median onto I-95 North and ended up in the woods off the shoulder of the road, according to Massachusetts State Police.
The driver, Jeff Hamlin, is in stable condition and conscious, according to the Portland Press Herald. He is expected to be transferred to specialized care to treat burns he received in the accident.
Maine coach Richard Barron tried to take the wheel after Hamlin appeared to have passed out, but was thrown into the door as the bus collided with the median. Barron was taken to the hospital and treated for facial cuts.
“It’s a terrible accident, but we’re just incredibly thankful that none of the other passengers were more seriously hurt,” Abbott said. “I can’t believe the bus was able to go that far without having another collision. We’re very thankful.”
Many of the Maine players posted on Twitter that they were fine and considered themselves “blessed” to avoid serious injury.
“Someone was looking over us tonight. It is a miracle we are still alive. I love this team and staff. Thank you for the prayers,” team student assistant Rachele Burns tweeted early Wednesday.
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