Saturday, 2:15 PM
3 seriously hurt in crash of minor league hockey bus
By Michele Richinick, Globe Correspondent
Three players and employees of a minor league hockey team suffered serious injuries early this morning when the team bus slid in the snow on the Massachusetts Turnpike, hit a guardrail, and flipped on its side, State Police said.
The Albany River Rats team bus crashed at 3:30 a.m. in Becket, about 15 miles from the New York state border. Earlier in the evening, the team had lost 3-2 to the Lowell Devils and was en route home.
Five passengers on the bus were taken by ambulance to the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, including three with what State Police described as serious injuries. Two others reported neck pain. The remaining 24 passengers on the bus were also taken to the hospital as precaution.
The injured passengers included players and team employees, according to River Rats coach Jeff Daniels, who was quoted in a story by the Albany Times Union. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, Daniels said.
"We were very fortunate and lucky," Daniels said in the Times Union article.
It was snowing and weather appears to have been a factor in the crash of the bus, which was a Yankee Trails coach, according to Sergeant David Mahan of the State Police. The River Rats are scheduled to play Friday night at the Times Union Center against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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