A recent accident in Bethlehem Township has left a considerable number of women injured, although many of the injuries appear to be minor. According to The Lehigh Valley Express-Times, a bus carrying Army women's basketball team was hit by a tractor-trailer truck on Route 33 North. Initial reports apparently indicate that the truck accident was caused by the truck hitting the bus from behind. What the trucker was doing to prompt the accident, remains to be seen.
The basketball players are tremendously lucky that they were not seriously hurt. Not only would they have to pay for medical costs and potentially deal with pain and suffering if the injuries were more serious, but they could also compromise their college and future basketball careers. As it is, what may seem like a minor injury now could turn into something much more serious in the weeks to come.
Many of the athletes had back and neck injuries. Several were taken to the hospital, many of whom just rode the bus. Five, however, were taken by ambulance. It is likely that they were more seriously injured, although their conditions are unknown.
There was some initial confusion as to who the bus was carrying. It was believed that the women came from Lehigh University, but a spokesperson for the athletics department said that it was not a Lehigh team.
These women were incredibly lucky, as truck accidents can be brutal. Trucks are extremely heavy and, if they hit another vehicle, it often doesn't stand much of a chance. Granted, a bus is not a compact car, but the force behind a moving semitrailer is hard to stand up against.
Source: The Lehigh Valley Express-Times, "Tractor-trailer, bus crash on Route 33 North in Bethlehem Township, Pa.," Tony Rhodin, Feb. 5, 2014