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Merrimack Valley

February 28, 2013

Miraculously, few injured in I-95 bus crash

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Amesbury also sent two firefighters, plus the chief and deputy chief.

In all, he said, there were 18 ambulances, 14 of which were used to take the teammates and their coaches to area hospitals, including Beverly, Anna Jaques in Newburyport, and Merrimack Valley in Haverhill.

The bus accident actually created another accident, as a state trooper pulling off to the side of the highway just past the scene was rear-ended by a civilian vehicle. The trooper was injured and had to transported from the scene as well.

Beardsley said the different departments, private ambulance companies, Mass. Highway officials, State Police, and even Coady’s Towing of Lawrence were professionals throughout the incident.

“Everybody worked very well together,” he said. “We don’t normally work with Lyons, or even Amesbury. It was really something to see all these different agencies work so well together.”

Eventually, two lanes of the highway were opened, but some people were stuck in traffic for nearly an hour as the bus was winched out of the snowy woods and hauled to the Coady’s lot in Lawrence.

The team returned to Orono, Maine, yesterday afternoon. Their game against Boston University, scheduled for last night, was canceled.

The crash remains under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police with the assistance of the State Police Collision Reconstruction and Analysis Section, the State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

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