BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, Penn. –Several members of the Army women’s basketball team were injured when a tractor trailer crashed into the back of the charter bus they were riding in Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities investigating the crash said they do not know what caused the truck to hit the bus from behind, but said that engine problems had caused the bus to travel at a slow speed along the shoulder of Route 33 in Bethlehem Township when the tractor trailer hit it from behind.
The driver of the truck was identified as Alton D. Spight, 54, of Blue Mountain, Miss. Authorities said they planned to cite Mr. Spight for the crash.
According to a police dispatch, all 41 people on the bus, including the driver, 29-year-old Hector Bernard of Brooklyn, were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. Most of the passenger were put back on the bus and taken to the hospital, but at least five were taken by ambulance with neck and back injuries, reports said.
Mr. Spight was also injured in the crash. Responders were still trying to remove him from the wreckage when the first reports came out about the crash.
The tractor trailer is registered to Barefoot Carriers of Ripley, Miss. The bus was chartered from Academy Bus Co. in New Jersey.
The Army women’s basketball team was on its way to play against Lehigh University in Bethlehem, but the game was postponed due to the crash. The crash also caused traffic delays on the northbound stretch of Route 33 for several hours.