Salt Lake City, UT- Most of the 41 people on the Army Black Knights’ women’s basketball team bus only suffered minor injuries when their bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer Wednesday afternoon.
The accident occurred on Route 33 in the Bethlehem Township Pennsylvania just after 1:15 p.m. The Black Knights were in town to face off with the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks and were making their way back to their hotel after practice when they were struck.
The team was bus was traveling slowly along the shoulder of Route 33 because of snow blanketing the area, and as the Morning Call reported, engine problems the bus was experiencing. For a yet unknown reason the slow-moving Army bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer owned by Mississippi based trucking company.
All team members, the bus driver and the team coach were taken to area hospitals to be evaluated. Most of the injuries were minor; mostly cuts and bruises and the majority were released from the hospital later Wednesday afternoon. The bus driver and team coach Dave Magarity were knocked around quite a bit; Margity was thrown across the aisle and onto the floor
“There were some neck things, some whiplash things, a lot of the kids had bumps and bruises,” Magarity told ESPN. “All in all everyone is OK.”
Margity and said the team handled the accident well.
The truck driver was trapped in his rig for almost an hour before he was extricated and taken to a local hospital.
It is unclear what injuries he suffered or what his current condition is.
The Wednesday night game was canceled and no re-match date has been set. The team headed back to West Point on Thursday.
Police said they would cite the truck driver, according to the Morning Call.
The team was lucky to walk away with minor injuries considering the sheer size of tractor-trailers and the fact these large vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. Large commercial trucks take longer to stop so drivers must be conscientious of how traffic is flowing and take steps to avoid a rear-end collision.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that of the approximately 400,000 truck accidents each year, 18 percent are rear-end crashes. Only a small fraction, .06, of these accidents where the truck rear-ends a passenger vehicle ends in a fatality for the vehicle driver or occupant.
The FMCSA says the most common causes of truck rear-end accidents are:
• Improperly functioning headlights or turn signals.
• Poor lighting conditions on the road.
• Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Malfunctioning brakes.
If you have been injured in Utah rear-end truck accident, a personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation from the negligent truck driver. With truck accidents, more than one party can be liable for the victim’s injuries or wrongful death.
A Salt Lake City truck accident attorney knows how to conduct a proper investigation that will help them determine who is at fault for your accident and will take the steps necessary to ensure you receive a settlement that covers your medical needs and emotional suffering.