Minor League Hockey Team Bus Rolls Over; Injuries Reported

A bus carrying a minor league hockey team was involved in a rollover crash on Interstate 74 outside Peoria, Illinois and three people are in serious condition. 

The charter bus was carrying the Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League team. The team was traveling Thursday to Peoria for a weekend series against the Rivermen. 

Morton Fire Chief Joe Kelley says firefighters had to cut holes in the top of the bus to remove two of the 24 people aboard the bus.

Twenty-three passengers were taken to a hospital, and three were in serious condition.

An OSF Saint Francis spokeswoman told NBC affiliate WEEK, that three patients were considered trauma patients and in serious condition. 

Cottonmouths spokeswoman Abbie Meadows says the bus flipped on its side off of an exit ramp near Morton, Illinois. She says none of the players or other team staff suffered life-threatening injuries. 

It wasn't immediately known what caused the crash.

The Cottonmouths are scheduled to play the Rivermen on Friday and Saturday.

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