In Becket, Massachusetts, five people were injured yesterday morning after a bus accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Yankee Trails bus was carrying 29 passengers, including members of the Albany River Rats hockey team. According to the Times Union newspaper, at least four of the five people injured were affiliated with the hockey team.
The bus crash occurred just before 3:30am, when the westbound bus crashed into a guard rail and flipped over. Team members were driving back to Albany after a game in Lowell, Massachusetts. Snowy road conditions may have been a factor, according to Massachusetts state police.
The injured passengers were transported to Pittsfield’s Berkshire Medical Center by ambulance. Though none of the injuries are considered life-threatening, the injuries were serious and Friday’s hockey game was cancelled. As a precaution, the other passengers were taken to Berkshire Medical Center by bus.
Five hurt in American Hockey League team bus crash on Massachusetts Turnpike in Becket, MassLive.com, February 19, 2009
AHL team’s bus crash in Massachusetts hospitalizes 5, LA Times Blog, February 19, 2009
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