Van filled with Catawba College students flips on way to Panthers game

Published: Nov. 4, 2019 at 4:35 PM EST
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SALISBURY, N.C. (WBTV) - A van filled with Catawba College students flipped over while en-route to Charlotte for the Panthers game on Sunday.

“Grateful that our students, while sore, did not sustain any serious injuries,” said Catawba College President Brien Lewis. “Their good spirits throughout was remarkable. Many thanks to first responders and Catawba personnel who were on scene swiftly and remained with our students as they received medical attention.”

The crash happened at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Brenner Avenue and Statesville Boulevard, near the Hefner VA Medical Center.

Police say that a vehicle ran into the back of the college student’s van as it was making a turn - causing it to flip.

Car v Van
Car v Van(David Whisenant)

The woman driving the other vehicle said the sun was in her eyes, according to police.

There were no significant injuries to any of the students in the van or to the woman driving the other car - although some of the students went to the hospital as a precaution.

Catawba College confirmed that the students were members of the school’s lacrosse team. The teammates were headed to the Panthers game to sell concessions to raise money.

Catawba College president, Brien Lewis, praised the students morale as well as the first responders on scene.

Two lanes and the middle of the intersection were blocked Sunday morning.

The scene was cleared around 9:00 a.m.

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