COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Columbus County Emergency Services spokeswoman says several are hurt after a Carolina Mudcats team bus crash early Tuesday morning.
The crash happened around 3:43 a.m. on Clarendon Chadbourn Road. That’s where Emergency Services spokeswoman Kaye Worley says about 33 people were on the bus, which was heading to Myrtle Beach at the time.
Carolina Mudcats outfielder Sean Godfrey says it was a normal overnight bus ride from a game in Winston Salem to a game in Myrtle Meach until they hit Clarendon Chadbourne Road around 3:30 in the morning.
“I don’t know if we were coming in too hot on a turn or what,” Godfrey said.
Godfrey like many on the bus was fast asleep before waking up on the ceiling.
“The first thing I knew was I was just hitting I just like got flung up to the ceiling,” Godfrey said. “Everybody was kind of going all over the place. It was pitch black, so it was pretty scary”
Worley says eight people were taken to Columbus Regional Hospital for injuries in the crash, but Godfrey says the team got a miracle.
“They’re already back with us,” Godfrey said “It actually turned out to be best case scenario for what happened.”
Some have more scrapes and bruises than others, but Godfrey says they got lucky.
“We’re honestly just more shaken up than anything,” Godfrey said.
Pitching coach Derrick Lewis says they won’t let this affect the way they play.
“When it’s time to play it’s time to play,” Lewis said. “Obviously everything leading up to that will be a little different than normal, so we’ll have to make some adjustments.”
Only one game was affected by the early morning crash. but for now, Godfrey says he’s thankful he got to see another early morning.
“I got watch the sun come up today,” Godfrey said. “I was definitely real thankful to see that and definitely thankful to have another day out here.”
Thankful for another day and another bus to take them to Myrtle Beach to play another game.
Sergeant Kinlaw says the driver is charged with exceeding a safe speed.
Worley says all of the players were released from the hospital. The Mudcats got onto a new bus to continue heading to Myrtle Beach, but their games are cancelled for Tuesday.