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posted 03.12.2013 at 2.33 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Saint Michael's Lacrosse Team Involved in Fatal Traffic Accident

updated 03.12.2013 at 4.34 p.m.

A sports car spun out on a wet, upstate New York highway and slammed into a bus carrying the Saint Michael's men's lacrosse team on Tuesday afternoon, killing one person in the car, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The accident happened just before noon Tuesday on the southbound side of Interstate-87 in New York's Saratoga County. According to the AP, state police said a 64-year-old woman passenger in a red Porsche was killed and the 65-year-old man who was driving was hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Four players on the bus were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Saint Michael's released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying all people on the bus are reported to be safe. The bus, carrying 34 players, two coaches and one athletic trainer, landed on its side off the road. It was carrying the Division II team from Vermont to a scheduled game at 3 p.m. Wednesday with Mercy College in New York's Westchester County.

Video taken at the scene by WNYT shows players in purple and black jackets or hooded sweatshirts, and white shorts, standing off to the side of the road. Saint Michael's said all members of the team have been taken to a local fire station.

"Saint Michael's College confirms that the bus carrying its men's lacrosse team was involved in a traffic accident on Interstate 87, in the Clifton Park area," the school said in a statement. "Thankfully, all members of the team and travel party are reported to be safe, and have been taken to a local fire station for the time being. They are receiving food and other support at this location.

"As the accident is still under investigation, and may be for a considerable length of time, we cannot comment on any further details at this time. Our attention and resources are committed to supporting our student-athletes and staff members involved in the accident."