CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - The players of the Saint Michael's men's lacrosse team are recovering after their bus was involved in a fatal collision with a vehicle on the Northway late Tuesday morning.
The team boarded the bus as normal Tuesday morning heading from Colchester, Vermont to Dobbs Ferry, in Westchester County, to play Mercy College as part of their spring break training. Then in a moment their world turned upside down when police say a vehicle "spun out in front of the bus" causing the bus to flip on its side. A 64-year-old female passenger in the car died as a result of the crash.
The team spent the night in Clifton Park Tuesday and Wednesday morning
they boarded a new bus and are heading down state to compete in the
Their game against Mercy College has been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon.
The Associate Athletic Director Chris Kenny says "we are so appreciative of the support our team received from the community."
Kenny said, "[The team] would like to personally thank everyone, from the first responders to the NYS Police, the American Red Cross, the Clifton Park Fire Department, and all the other agencies that helped."
Kenny also says "our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims."
The team's interim head coach Patrick Ivory says what happened Tuesday was unexpected; but has brought the team closer together.
Ivory is a Saratoga Springs native who is now leading the Purple Knights. Coach Ivory says he was sitting in the front of the bus when the red Porsche came across their path and the bus tipped over.
"My initial reaction was surprise, shock, it was pretty chaotic. We weren't sure what was happening at the time," he said.
Ivory then led his team of 34 players, along with two staff members, out of the rear roof hatch of the bus. Four members of the team received minor injures and were able to contact their parents shortly after the accident.
"Our students are doing well, we were fortunate enough to come out with very minor injuries," Ivory said.
The division two team recently overcame another big obstacle; their head coach Paul Schimoler passed away in February after a short battle with cancer.
"They have been through a lot," Ivory said .
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