16 hospitalized after school bus rolled over, transporting the Martinsburg girls basketball team

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls’ high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over.

Berkeley County School officials say in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the Martinsburg High team was leaving the Big Atlantic Classic tournament in Beckley when the accident occurred along an Interstate 64 entrance ramp.

Gov. Jim Justice and his staff provided lodging for the players and their families. Justice also is the girls’ coach at Greenbrier East High School, which defeated Martinsburg in the tournament earlier Saturday.

The statement says the team planned to head back to Martinsburg on Sunday.

Police haven’t released a cause of the accident.

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(Raleigh County) According to Raleigh County dispatch, a school bus rollover accident happened in Raleigh County on the 124 ramp of I-64. The school bus was transporting the Martinsburg girls basketball team.

Two individuals have been life-flighted, 16 more were taken to Beckley Appalachian Regional hospital and Raleigh General hospital. According to Raleigh dispatch, every EMS in Raleigh and Fayette counties responded to the accident.

The team was leaving the Big Atlantic Classic, which was held at the Beckley-Raleigh Convention center.

Governor Jim Justice, release a statement on twitter saying, “I ask all West Virginians to join me in praying for the coaches, players, and all those associated with the Martinsburg high school girls basketball team after they were involved in a vehicle accident tonight on I-64.”

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