Freeport, Illinois — A charter bus carrying our Highland Community College Women’s Basketball team crashed on Saturday night on I-94 in St. Michael, Minnesota. The bus had left North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and was headed back to Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., after the team suffered a 71-62 playoff loss. As many as 17 people were injured, according to counts from the patrol and a hospital spokeswoman.
The bus was headed east and was near the Hwy. 241 exit about 6:45 p.m. when the driver had an “unknown medical episode,” said Lt. Tiffani Nielson. According to Lt. Tiffani Nielson, with the Minnesota State Patrol, the bus went into the median, striking trees and a freeway sign, before it reentered the interstate. The bus eventually came to a rest in a ditch.
The driver of the bus, 64-year-old Paul William Cheeseman, was transported to North Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Five passengers were transported to Monticello Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Four more people were injured, but not require hospitalization. The remaining passengers were uninjured.
Freeport native John O’Rourke who lives in the town the accident happened in said “Scary situation at the I94 exit here in my town in MN. I was born in Freeport and was very relieved to hear that there were no life threatening injuries”.