Update as of Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 AM
One UMaine women's basketball player sustains a broken hand, team safe after Tuesday night bus accident
University of Maine women's basketball player Milica Mitrovic sustained a broken hand and a bus driver was injured after the bus transporting the team to a game in Boston went off Interstate 95 near Georgetown, Mass., at approximately 8:30 last night.
Head coach Richard Barron also was treated for minor facial lacerations. All the players and staff on the bus were taken to three area hospitals for observation and were released early this morning.
The bus driver was lifeflighted from the scene.
The team will be traveling back to Orono today. Tonight's game against Boston University has been canceled.
The bus was southbound when it left the highway, crossed the median and the northbound lanes, and came to a stop in a wooded area. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
Driver injured, UMaine women's basketball team safe after bus accident
A bus driver and University of Maine women's basketball coach Richard Barron were injured when a bus transporting the team to a game in Boston went off Interstate 95 near Georgetown, Mass., at approximately 8:30 tonight.
The bus driver, whose identity is not known at this time, was lifeflighted from the scene. Coach Barron is being treated for minor facial lacerations.
Three team members were transported to an area hospital for observation — players Ashleigh Roberts and Corinne Wellington, and Samantha Wheeler, the team's director of basketball operations.
According to a UMaine staff member at the scene, the bus was southbound when it left the roadway, crossed the median and the northbound lanes, and came to a stop off the tree-lined shoulder. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
"We're very thankful that this accident was not any worse than it was," says Robert Dana, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "The thoughts of the entire University of Maine community are with the bus driver and the team as they contend with this very frightening event."