The Georgetown men’s basketball team’s bus was involved in a traffic accident Monday while traveling north on I-95 to Villanova ahead of Tuesday’s game against the No. 2 Wildcats.
“The accident involved another vehicle and occurred on I-95 North outside of Baltimore,” a Georgetown team spokesman said in a statement. “There were no major injuries to members of the team. The company provided another bus for the team to continue its trip.”
According to Maryland State Police, two people in the vehicle struck by the bus exited their overturned SUV on their own but were taken to Baltimore’s Harbor Hospital. A photo provided by the team showed Georgetown players, coaches and police tending to the overturned vehicle. The Maryland State Police issued the following statement about the accident:
Two people in a car struck by a bus carrying university students were taken to a hospital, but were the only ones reported injured in a two-vehicle crash on I-95 in Howard County this afternoon.
A 49-year-old woman and her 17-year-old son were in a Lexus SUV that overturned and were both taken to Harbor Hospital by personnel from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
The passenger bus involved is from Georgetown University and was transporting students and staff. No one on the bus reported injuries to rescue personnel who responded.
Shortly after 2:30 p.m. today, Maryland State Police from the Waterloo Barrack were dispatched to a reported traffic crash on northbound I-95 north of Rt. 100. Upon arrival, troopers found the bus and Lexus were involved. A private ambulance was passing by the scene just after the crash and had stopped to assist. Fire and EMS personnel from Howard County also responded.
The preliminary investigation by Maryland State Police indicates both the Lexus SUV and bus were northbound in lane four of the interstate when, for reasons unknown at this time, the bus struck the rear of the SUV. The SUV traveled off the right side of the highway and overturned. Both occupants of the Lexus reportedly exited the vehicle on their own. The bus pulled off the interstate to the right shoulder following the collision.
The right two lanes of I-95 were required to be closed for about 45 minutes. The lanes are open and vehicles are now only on the shoulder of the interstate. Assistance is being provided by MDOT State Highway Administration personnel.
The crash investigation is continuing. No charges have been filed.