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Bus Driver May Have Had Medical Incident Before I-95 Crash

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BOSTON (CBS) – The driver of a tour bus that ran off a highway north of Boston Tuesday night may have had a medical episode just before the crash.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

22 people were taken to hospitals with mostly minor injuries after the bus carrying the University of Maine women’s basketball team crashed on Interstate 95 in Georgetown around 8:30 p.m.

The bus was heading southbound when one of the coaches reported seeing the driver slumped over the wheel.

“The coach got up to try to get control of the bus, but before he could do that the bus went from the southbound lane across the median, across all four lanes northbound. It did not strike any other vehicles. It went off the road, into the woods and struck several trees,” State Police Maj. Arthur Sugrue told reporters.

The driver, Jeffrey Hamlin, 55, of Charlestown, Maine, was conscious after the crash.

He was rushed to Boston Medical Center on a MedFlight rescue helicopter and was listed in fair condition on Wednesday morning. He was released from the hospital later in the day.

One player, freshman guard Milica Mitrovic, broke her hand and head coach Richard Barron was treated for minor cuts on his face, a university spokeswoman said.

All players taken to hospitals were released early Wednesday morning.

The team was heading to Boston to play Boston University Wednesday night.

The game has been postponed.

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