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School Bus Carrying Basketball Team Overturns on Indiana Expressway

The bus rolled over after another driver spilled a drink and lost control of her car, sideswiping the bus, police said

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    After escaping a terrifying bus accident, the Griffith High School boys basketball team is thankful to have survived. NBC 5's Christian Farr has the latest. (Published Sunday, March 20, 2016)

    Eight adults and 21 students were hospitalized after a bus bringing members of a high school basketball team to a state championship tournament rolled over the highway Saturday afternoon, according to Indiana State Police.

    The bus carrying Griffith High School's boys basketball team overturned on I-65 near DeMotte, at the 230.5 mile marker, after it was sideswiped by a driver who had spilled her drink, authorities said.

    The team was headed to Lafayette to compete in the Class 3A semistate game against Marion High School. The game was postponed until Wednesday, according to the Indiana High School Athletic Association. 

    According to Indiana State Police, the bus rolled over after another driver, identified as a 23-year-old woman, "spilled a drink on herself causing her to sideswipe a Griffith School Corporation bus."

    The woman was driving southbound in the left lane "when the lid of her drink came off, spilling the contents on her," police said, adding that she tried to grab the cup and lost control of her car.

    The bus was carrying six adults and 21 students, including the driver. All suffered non-life threatening injuries. Officials said most were taken to area hospitals by ambulance or on a Kankakee Valley School Corporation bus, but one of the coaches was transferred by helicopter to the University of Chicago in Illinois.

    All but one person on the bus — a freshman basketball coach — had been released from the hospital by 9 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from the school.

    High School Basketball Players Injured in Bus CrashHigh School Basketball Players Injured in Bus CrashA high school basketball team was en route to a semistate game when their bus was overturned on I-65 in Indiana. NBC 5's Trina Orlando shares harrowing accounts from the scene of the accident. (Published Sunday, March 20, 2016)

    "When I saw pictures of the bus, my heart sank," Superintendent Peter Morikis said in a statement Sunday. "We are grateful tonight that, despite a multitude of bumps, bruises, gashes and scrapes, every person in the crash has survived."

    The other driver and her passenger were taken to Franciscan Jasper County Hospital, also with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.

    All lanes were reopened at 4 p.m. Sunday and the investigation is ongoing.  

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