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Charter bus with University of Washington band members en route to Apple Cup crashes, rolls on Interstate 90 near George

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018

University of Washington marching band members in the trombone section stretch before the Apple Cup in Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle, Wash. A charter bus with UW band members rolled over near George, Washington, on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, en route to Pullman for Friday’s Apple Cup game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
University of Washington marching band members in the trombone section stretch before the Apple Cup in Husky Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Seattle, Wash. A charter bus with UW band members rolled over near George, Washington, on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, en route to Pullman for Friday’s Apple Cup game. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff and wire reports

GEORGE, Wash. – The Washington State Patrol says one of six charter buses carrying members of the University of Washington marching band to a football showdown at Washington State University rolled onto its side Thursday on Interstate 90.

Washington State Patrol Trooper John Bryant tweeted that the bus crashed at 5:26 p.m. Thursday, 3 miles west of George, blocking Frontage Road. Eastbound lanes of I-90 were closed and rerouted, he said. No life-threatening injuries were reported, and Trooper J. Sevigney said road conditions were extremely icy.

Bryant said troopers, paramedics and deputies from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident.

He said dozens of students were transported to local hospitals as a precaution. The other students and staff were sent on the other two buses to George Elementary School, and they will also be checked out by medics.

In a statement Friday, UW said 56 people had been aboard the bus, and 47 were taken to hospitals for evaluation or treatment. The university said two remained under medical care Friday morning for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

“Thoughts and prayers with the UW band family tonight!” the Washington State University marching band wrote from its Twitter account.

Editor’s note: This story was changed on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, to include updated numbers from UW and the Washington State Patrol.

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