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Mudcats bus crashes; seven players injured

Carolina Mudcats logoSeven Carolina Mudcats (High Class A; Carolina League) players and a team trainer were injured after a team bus traveling to Myrtle Beach flipped onto its side in Columbus County (N.C.) early this morning.

The bus was on its way to a game tonight against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The game has been postponed. From WECT:

According to Kay Worley, the Columbus County Emergency Services Director, the bus, from Abbott Bus Lines, Inc. out of Roanoke, Virginia, crashed around 3:45 a.m. on Clarendon Chadbourn Road.

Worley says 33 members of the team were on board the bus. Eight of those, including seven players and one trainer, were taken to the hospital. Their injuries did not appear to be serious.

Team broadcaster Greg Young was on the bus and tweeted the experience:

No word yet on the players injured, but they’ve all reportedly been released from the hospital.

UPDATE: Though tonight’s game in Myrtle Beach has been postponed, the Pelicans are opening the doors to the ballpark, with free admission to all fans. Limited concessions will be open, and both $2sday Brewsday and Taco Tuesday are still on as scheduled, with $2 craft draft beer served from 6-8 p.m. and a taco special available. The Kids Zone with inflatable amusements will be open and free of charge. Fans of all ages can partake in a pregame catch on the field beginning at 6 p.m.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carolina Mudcats and the entire Braves family,” said Pelicans President and General Manager Andy Milovich.

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