“We’re very thankful that this accident was not any worse than it was,” said Robert Dana, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at UMaine. “The thoughts of the entire University of Maine community are with the bus driver and the team as they contend with this very frightening event.”
Meanwhile, a state police cruiser, pulling off to the side of the highway just north of the bus crash, was hit from behind, slightly injuring the trooper who was driving.
More than an hour after the crash, numerous ambulances, firetrucks and emergency responders lined the highway as the bus remained lodged in the woods.
Access to the northbound side of Interstate 95 remained blocked to traffic at Route 133 in Georgetown. Vehicles on the stretch of highway prior to the accident were backed up to Route 133. Periodically, a few of those cars were allowed to travel through on the far right lane of the highway. By 11 p.m., the far left travel lanes of I-95 north were reopened to traffic.
At the Jewett Street overpass above Interstate 95, more than a dozen curiosity-seekers stopped to view the flashing light-filled scene off in the distance.
According to the University of Maine website, the women’s basketball team had a game against Boston University scheduled for tonight.
Earlier this month, a bus crash in Boston injured 35 people, including high school students and chaperones, from Pennsylvania. The coach slammed into a 10-foot-high overpass on Feb. 2 while returning to the Philadelphia area from a trip to Harvard University.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.