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No major injuries after bus carrying Indiana team overturns

8 months 2 weeks 6 days ago March 19, 2016 Mar 19, 2016 Saturday, March 19 2016 March 19, 2016 6:04 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

DEMOTTE, Ind. - Authorities say there were no serious injuries after a bus carrying 27 players and staff from a northwest Indiana high school basketball team overturned on an interstate.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Alan Jamerson says the rollover occurred Saturday on Interstate 65 near DeMotte.

Authorities say a driver who spilled a drink on herself sideswiped the bus, causing it to overturn.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas says 23-year-old Dominique T. Small of Terre Haute was southbound on Interstate 65 Saturday when the lid of her drink came off.

Small tried to grab it and lost control of her car, then sideswiped the bus as it traveled in the adjacent southbound lane near DeMotte.

The bus was carrying the Griffith High School boys basketball team to a state semifinal game Saturday against Marion in Lafayette. Jamerson tells the Post-Tribune that "there are no serious injuries involved."

Griffith High School Athletic Director Stacy Adams says everyone on the bus is receiving medical attention "for preventive measures."

The Indiana High School Athletic Association says on its Twitter account that the game has been postponed. Officials say they'll talk with Griffith High School administrators Sunday about a possible makeup date.

Superintendent Peter Morikis says "several of our players and coaches were injured." He says everyone on the bus was taken to one of three local hospitals.

Morikis says freshman coach David Garrett was taken to a hospital in Kankakee, Illinois. He was later airlifted to University of Chicago Hospital. Morikis didn't describe his injuries.

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