On Monday afternoon, the Jackson State baseball team headed toward Savannah, Georgia for a midweek game against Savannah State slated for Tuesday night at 6 p.m. ET.
The trip then took a disastrous turn as the team's bus caught on fire while driving down Interstate-20. Megan West of 16 WAPT News captured an image of the burning bus and provided details of the accident:
BREAKING: JSU bus on fire. Happened on I-20 East near Birmingham just about 30 min ago. pic.twitter.com/13Lrb366lj— Megan West (@MeganWestWAPT) May 5, 2014
Just confirmed it was the JSU baseball team. They were headed to play Savannah State in Georgia.— Megan West (@MeganWestWAPT) May 5, 2014
Josh Moon of the Montgomery Advertiser later reported that overheating led to the fire:
Jackson State's bus had an overheating issue. pic.twitter.com/ePL29fnaZL— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) May 5, 2014
Melissa Y. Kim of CBS 42 also gave us a glimpse of all that remained of the charred bus following the incident:
Damage to bus is harrowing. Almost all burned out. Looks like everyone is ok. Will let you know for sure in a bit pic.twitter.com/Wk2kRqVF5x— Melissa Y. Kim (@melissaykim) May 5, 2014
Luckily, as West reports, every person aboard the bus made it out of the vehicle safely. Jackson State would later confirm the report and announced that no players were injured, per the school's Twitter account:
Thank you for your prayers and support concerning the JSU bus fire. There are no reported injuries. http://t.co/jGcGYCSkTq— Jackson State U. (@JacksonStateU) May 5, 2014
The game set for Tuesday night has now been cancelled due to the situation, per the school's official announcement:
The bus was transporting the JSU baseball team to a game at Savannah State University scheduled for May 6. The team will return to Jackson May 5. The game has been cancelled.
JSU officials are in the process of notifying the parents of all of the student athletes who were on the bus.
The Tigers are currently 27-23 on the season and 9-15 in the SWAC conference. After dropping two straight series in the conference to Alabama State and Alcorn State, the team had hopes of rebounding to close out the season against Savannah State and Norfolk State before the SWAC tournament kicks off next week.
With the Savannah State matchup now canceled, there is no word on whether the team will still travel to Norfolk, Virginia for the final two games of the week on Thursday and Friday.
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