No injuries after bus carrying JV football team catches fire

by Kevin Malloy ’15

Updated with photos 10/2/13 9:25 PM
Early this week, a bus carrying the JV football team caught fire while headed back to Cleveland. No one was injured, and the extent of equipment damage is being determined.

On Monday, September 30th, the JV football ‘Cats headed to Erie, Pennsylvania, to take on Strong Vincent. About an hour into the trip home, one of the busses experienced a tire blowout, creating sparks that ignited the back of the bus on fire. After the bus pulled over, the players and coaches were able to quickly evacuate without any injuries.

A helmet sits upon some equipment after the flames were extinguished.

The State Highway Patrol and fire department arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and were able to subdue the fire. The entire team was crammed onto the one remaining bus for the rest of the ride home.

Most people at the scene assumed that all the equipment and personal items on the bus were damaged beyond repair. However, the silver lining of the situation is that everything was returned the next day, slightly charred but in better condition than expected. The equipment is being sent away for a cleaning and will be assessed upon return. Until then, the team will not be able to practice.

Sam Brick ’16 gave his account of the incident to the Eye on Tuesday: