LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Police in northwestern Indiana are calling the accident involving a bus carrying the Bellarmine University men's basketball team a case of hit-and-run.
According to a release from John Spugnardi, Bellarmine University sports information director, a charter bus carrying the men's basketball team to Kenosha, Wisconsin was heading north on Interstate 65. Around 8:10 p.m. the bus was about 25 miles south of Merrillville, Indiana when a truck pulling a rental trailer lost control and clipped the right front of the bus.
Scotty Davenport, the Bellarmine men's head coach, described the seconds as the accident unfolded.
"No I was sitting in the front seat, I saw it, I guarantee I saw it," said Davenport. "Just a helpless feeling, there's nothing you can do. The gentleman lost control, he veered right in front of us with his trailer, and I think in reality, we knocked him, instead of overcorrecting and going across the interstate, and going into the median, we kind of knocked him back into the lane. Then our driver had the presence of mind that he slowed down, gathered himself, put his signal on and went into the emergency lane and the individual that hit us, pulled in front of us about 100-150 yards, kind of looked up and then they just departed and left."
Spugnardi said the bus suffered damage to the right front side and lost its side view mirror, but none of the players, coaches or athletic department personnel aboard suffered injuries. Debris from the mirror caused damage to a truck and a car following the bus. No one in those vehicles was hurt.
Because the vehicle that lost the trailer did not stop after the accident, police have classified the accident as a hit-and-run.
The bus was able to take the team to a hotel near Merrillville where they spent the night. A replacement bus was dispatched out of Indianapolis and the team completed the trip Thursday morning.
The Knights will play Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday night.
The women's basketball team, who also plays at Wisconsin-Parkside Thursday, was traveling on a separate bus. That bus was not involved in the accident and arrived safety in Kenosha Wednesday night.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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