West Virginia authorities are investigating a charter bus rollover crash that injured several members of the Martinsburg High School girls basketball team Feb. 2.
The crash occurred just before 9 p.m. as the charter bus was rounding an entrance ramp to Interstate 64 after leaving the Big Atlantic Classic basketball tournament in Beckley, West Virginia.
According to The Journal of Martinsburg, West Virginia, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department said that the bus was about to merge onto I-64 East when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. The bus exited the ramp on the right side and flipped four times as it went down a hill.
According to The Journal, a member of the basketball team who was on the bus said on Twitter that the bus skidded out on some black ice.
“Lack of familiarity with the roadway combined with the lack of lighting on the entrance ramp due to ongoing road construction is believed to be a contributing factor” in the crash, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office said, according to the Hagerstown, Maryland Herald-Mail.
The players and two adults, including the bus driver, were initially trapped inside the overturned vehicle. Rescuers used tools and hydraulics to free them from the vehicle. All of the bus occupants were taken to Beckley-area hospitals, including one student who was airlifted to a trauma care center in Charleston, West Virginia.
Remarkably, all the injured players, including the one who was flown to trauma, and both adults were treated and released within hours.
According to a Berkeley County School statement, players and their families affected by the accident were provided with lodging and assistance until everyone could be returned home.
The bus crash remains under investigation and authorities say they don’t expect any charges to be filed at this point.