The 15-passenger van transporting members of the Marshalltown Community College softball team, on a spring break trip to play several games and a tournament, was involved in a two-vehicle accident Saturday morning, March 10, at about 7:45 a.m. in Broken Arrow, OK. All those involved were taken to two local hospitals, and two of the MCC players will remain hospitalized overnight for continued observation.
One of the hospitalized players suffered broken bones and a punctured lung, and the other had surgery to remove deeply embedded glass from her knee. Their names are not being released at this time.
Softball Head Coach Jeff Lamb was driving the van, which had 11 of the MCC players on board and was pulling the team equipment trailer. The impact of the collision flipped the MCC van and equipment trailer on their tops. A car with the two assistant coaches and two additional players was accompanying the van, and was not involved in the accident.
MCC Athletic Director Dan Huntley said he's been in contact with the coaches, players, and parents. The games in which MCC was scheduled to play on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled, and it's hoped that all the players and coaches will be able to return to Marshalltown together on a chartered bus on Sunday afternoon.
The accident is still under investigation.