DEMOTTE, Ind. -- A bus carrying the Griffith High School boys basketball team overturned on I-65 as it was traveling to Lafayette, Ind.
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The crash happened near Demotte, Indiana in Jasper County. The bus was carrying 26 people, including players and coaches.
"Sadly, several of our players and coaches were injured in the accident," Superintendent Peter Morikis said in a statement.
Everyone who was on the bus was taken to one of three local hospitals. Freshman Boys Basketball Coach David Garrett, who was originally taken to Riverside Medical Center, was airlifted to the University of Chicago Hospital.
"Our hearts are heavy today. What began with excitement - as the fulfillment of a dream to play in the semi-state tournament - has ended tragically. We are praying today for members of our Griffith school family, who have been injured. I would like to thank the Good Samaritan who stopped on his way to a funeral in Wisconsin to check on the condition of our team," Morikis said in the statement.
Police have not released information about what caused the crash.
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The team was scheduled to play in the boys basketball semi-state game at 4:00 p.m.
The IHSAA will confer with Griffith HS administrators tomorrow about a possible makeup date & will communicate that when a decision is made.
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