The charter bus carrying the Martinsburg High girls basketball team rolled on its side near the I-64 entrance ramp at Eisenhower Drive.


BECKLEY, W.Va. — Members of the Martinsburg High School girls basketball team escaped serious injuries when their bus crashed on the Eisenhower Drive I-64 eastbound entrance ramp Saturday night.

The team had played in the Big Atlantic Classic Tournament at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center less than two miles from the crash scene.

The wreck happened at about 8:49 p.m. when the bus overturned. It was carrying 12 players and several adults. There were initial reports of multiple injuries of various degrees but none were life-threatening.

All of the injured were medically cleared by 1 a.m. Sunday, including a student who had been flown to Charleston Area Medical Center.

Coach Kyle Triggs tweeted at 12:30 a.m. Sunday that everyone was safe.

Senior point guard Deaira Hairston tweeted everyone was doing well but also requested prayers.

Hairston later tweeted the charter bus rolled a number of times before coming to a stop.

Martinsburg High Principal Trent Sherman tweeted at around 11 p.m. it appeared everyone had escaped serious injury.

A statement from the Berkeley County school system said Gov. Jim Justice was housing the team Saturday night at Glade Springs Resort.

Gov. Justice requested prayer for the players, coaches and all of those associated with Martinsburg High School in a Saturday night tweet.

The Lady Bulldogs played the Greenbrier East High School girls team, coached by Justice, earlier in the evening for the Big Atlantic Classic championship. Martinsburg lost 60-55.

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department is leading the investigation being assisted by state police.


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