The varsity Bellevue High School football team is recovering from injuries they suffered in a roll-over bus accident on the Interstate-5 as they headed to the Tacoma Dome to play a semifinal game against Capital of Olympia on Saturday mid-morning reports The Seattle Times.
The bus accident occurred as the result of the bus driver swerving to avoid a lost load — a ladder — dropped by a pick-up truck. The chartered bus carried 38 varsity players, trainers and coaches of the Bellevue Wolverine football team.
Two of the coaches were thrown from the bus in the accident. Players and trainers fell on each other and had to climb out the bus emergency hatch at the top of the bus. Eight people were injured and were taken to area hospitals suffering from cuts, bruises, possible whiplash and possible concussions. It is not known at this time which of the players will be recovered enough to play in the re-scheduled game on Monday.
The Washington State Patrol are looking for an older red pickup truck which witnesses say dropped the ladder. In Washington State, drivers who lose a load may be fined up to $500 and spend up to a year in jail according to vehicle code RCW 46.61.655. Every year in Washington State, more than 400 accidents are caused by lost loads.
Located in Bellevue, Washington, The Farber Law Group concurs with the Bellevue High School principal, Dave Wellington, who sent a letter to school families saying, “We have 38 more reasons to be thankful,” referring to the number of persons aboard the bus at the time of the accident. A bus accident of this nature could have been a lot worse and the entire community is relieved that there were no life-threatening injuries and that no one was killed.
We hope that, of those that are injured, the injuries do not turn into a more serious condition like whiplash or a herniated disc. Some times these types of injuries can cause pain weeks after the accident and require physical therapy and treatment.
This information was provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents and bus accidents.
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