Army women's hoops team in bus accident

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 6, 2014 at 8:50 am •  Published: February 6, 2014
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Army coach Dave Magarity knows his team was lucky.

None of the Black Knights were seriously hurt when their bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on the way back to their hotel before a game against Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday afternoon.

"We were really fortunate," Magarity told The Associated Press in a phone conversation Wednesday night. "I think I got the worst of it. Our driver was being really cautious with the weather being as bad as it was with the snow."

The entire traveling party for the women's basketball team was taken to area hospitals as a precaution and everyone was released by late afternoon.

"There were some neck things, some whiplash things, a lot of the kids had bumps and bruises," Magarity said. "All in all everyone is OK."

Magarity was sitting in the front seat of the bus for the 15-minute ride back to the hotel when he was thrown across the aisle and landed on the floor.

"They did a CAT scan on my back and everything is OK," he said. "I'm sitting there wondering when we can make this game up."

The team spent the night at a hotel and will return to West Point on Thursday.

"These kids were so composed, handled it so well," Magarity said. "We had to get them off quickly. The driver did a great job. Everyone in the area from the EMTs to the hospital staff to the hotel personnel have been great."

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