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EXCLUSIVE: Manual High grad describes U. Maine bus accident

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The bus carrying the University of Maine women's basketball team where it came to rest after the accident. The bus carrying the University of Maine women's basketball team where it came to rest after the accident.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville woman was aboard the University of Maine bus that crashed near Boston late Tuesday night.  

Lauren Bodine graduated from Louisville's Manual High School in 2012 where she was a standout on the girls basketball team. Bodine was the captain of the Lady Crimsons last year and helped lead the team to the KHSAA state championship. 

Bodine has continued that success at Maine. The college freshman was just named America East Rookie of the Week. 

During an exclusive interview with WAVE 3, Bodine said the driver of the bus appeared to have some sort of medical episode Tuesday night right before the bus veered into the opposite lane of traffic along Interstate 95. 

"We were all laying down and it was peaceful," said Bodine. "We just ate dinner 20 minutes before and I just looked up and everybody was like whoa, whoa, whoa and we started to swerve and we went airborne for a little bit because there are snow banks on the side from all the snow up here and then we landed and we crossed on the other part of the highway and we went into the woods and hit trees."  

Bodine, who was not hurt, said many of the players crawled out of a window, and then had to climb down a tree to get to safety. She said some players had glass in their hair and many of her teammates had to be checked out at the hospital.

The team was en route to Boston University for a Wednesday game.

According to a Massachusetts State Police spokesperson, a team coach said the driver slumped over the wheel before the bus lost control. The driver was airlifted to a Boston hospital in serious condition.

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