B.C. hockey team safe after harrowing bus crash
A charter bus carrying an Abbotsford, B.C., midget hockey team slid off a snowy highway on Friday in the province's rugged interior Friday afternoon.
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While nobody was seriously injured, 21 out of the 24 passengers onboard were sent to hospital, said a representative at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, which is about a six-hour drive north of Vancouver.
The hospital's Allison Ruault told ctvbc.ca that many of the injuries consisted of abrasions.
The Fraser Valley Bruins, the team involved in the crash, were travelling from Abbotsford to Prince George, and were scheduled to stop in Williams Lake Friday night.
The crash occurred around 3 p.m. when the bus hit some black ice and the driver lost control, said Gordon Anderson, the bus company dispatcher.
Pat Ansell, the Bruins' coach, told ctvbc.ca by phone from the hospital that the bus fishtailed and ended up in a ditch.
Photos at the scene showed the bus flipped onto its side near the road.
Ansell said the boys on the team -- ages 15 to 17 -- were holding up well but were obviously shaken by the incident.
"There's been lots of hugging," he said.
Ansell said three adults accompanied the team on the trip. He said they will regroup tonight and decide whether to continue with the trip.