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Nov.By Dareh Gregorian
A charter bus that transports dozens of members of the University of Washington march band to a game of rivalry Washington State University rolled on its side Thursday on an icy interstate, officials said.
Over 40 students and staff on the bus were taken for treatment at local hospitals, but there were no reports of serious injuries, Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant tweeted after Thanksgiving accident.
The bus was one of six on its way to Friday’s Apple Cup showdown in Pullman when it turned over 5:26 pm, said Bryant. There were 56 people aboard, mostly members of the University of Washington Husky Marching Band and Cooper Pads, according to school.
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A band member who took a photo of the crash said the bus had spun out of control before turning into a ditch near the city of George, reported the NBC affiliate K5News. The road was extremely hot on time, officials said.
Many of the injured were treated and released.
“The reported injuries were cuts, complaints about general pain and back pain, but the damage is not considered critical,” said Victor Balta, spokesman for the University of Washington. “The University does everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, and to get them back safely on their trip to Pullman.”
The band’s equipment and luggage were later removed from the bus and it was removed at 2 o’clock local time Friday, Bryant said.
Associated Press contributed.