16 injured in bus crash involving girls basketball team

February 3, 2019

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls' high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over.

Berkeley County School officials said in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the Martinsburg High team was leaving the Big Atlantic Classic tournament in Beckley when the accident occurred along an Interstate 64 entrance ramp.

Gov. Jim Justice and his staff provided lodging for the players and their families. Justice also is the girls' coach at Greenbrier East High School, which defeated Martinsburg in the tournament earlier Saturday.

The statement said the team planned to head back to Martinsburg on Sunday.


Police haven't released a cause of the accident. Team member Deaira Hairston said on Twitter the bus slid on black ice and flipped four times down a hill.

Martinsburg coach Kyle Triggs said on Twitter the team was amazed by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes.

"Our players, staff, and our families truly appreciate your thoughtfulness," he said. "Words cannot express how grateful we are!"

Beckley is in southern West Virginia and is about 270 miles southwest of Martinsburg, a community in the state's Eastern Panhandle.