Hiram baseball team charter bus involved in fatal Florida accident, team uninjured

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PASCO COUNTY, Florida - The Hiram College men's baseball team's charter bus was involved in a fatal accident during a trip to Florida Saturday.

According to Sgt. Seve Gaskens of the Florida State Highway Patrol, none of the players was injured, but a South Carolina woman in another vehicle did not survive.

In a report Gaskens sent to Fox 8, the Florida Highway Patrol states that the Pioneer tour bus, driven by a 69-year-old Ohio woman, failed to slow down as two lanes on the highway merged into one. The bus rear-ended the SUV in front of it, slamming it into a car in front of that. The 81-year-old driver of the SUV died at the scene.

The team was in Florida as they began their baseball season. Fox 8 contacted team coach Howard Jenter, who sent us the following statement in an e-mail:

"The Hiram College baseball team was on a charter bus from Hiram to Fort Myers, Florida.  We were in a bus accident. Everyone in our bus is unharmed and we have been In contact with our families. We are in a new bus finishing our travel to Fort Myers."

The team posted a photo of their bus at the start of their trip, Friday, March 3.