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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. (AP)

A sports car spun out of control on a wet highway in upstate New York and was hit Tuesday by a bus carrying college lacrosse players from Vermont that was sent toppling onto its side, police said.

State police say a 64-year-old woman passenger in the red Porsche was killed and the 65-year-old man who was driving was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Four players on the bus were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The crash happened shortly before noon Tuesday on Interstate 87 in Saratoga County, about 150 miles north of New York City.

State Police Lt. Greg Thomas said the bus was carrying 34 players, three coaches and a driver from Saint Michael's College, a small Catholic liberal arts school in Colchester, Vt., to a game in Westchester County, just north of New York City.

He said the bus landed on its side off the road after running into the Porsche, which ended up mangled on the median.

Bob Urban, who was driving in front of the bus, tells WNYT-TV he saw the Porsche slewing across the three-lane road.

''As I accelerated to clear him he veered left again, causing his Porsche to spin out of control,'' the Clifton Park resident said. ''When I looked up I could see the bus was going to make impact. It was unavoidable. The bus had no other option.''

Urban said the Porsche ''shattered ... more like exploded'' when it was hit.

A work van was also damaged hitting one of the other vehicles or debris, Thomas said. Its driver wasn't hurt.

The southbound lane of the highway between exits 9 and 10 remained closed indefinitely Tuesday afternoon, troopers said.

Players wearing purple jackets and white shorts were taken on a local school bus to a nearby firehouse.

According to the Saint Michael's website, the team is scheduled to play at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon.

''Everyone's OK. They're safe, they're happy,'' said interim head coach Pat Ivory, who took over the team after the Feb. 15 death of longtime head coach Paul Schimoler, who died at age 45 from brain cancer.

It was the team's first road trip of the season. Ivory said he was sitting at the front of the bus when the crash happened, but he declined to comment on details, saying he'd leave that to police.

Ivory said the team would be talking with its opponents about whether to complete the trip. Saint Michael's College also is scheduled to play Saturday at New York Tech.


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