A wrong turn almost turned tragic for a Pennsylvania minor-league baseball team after the team bus they were passengers in got lost, collided with an SUV, was pushed over the guardrail of an overpass and left dangling thirty feet over the busy highway below.
The driver headed over the Veranzano-Narrows Bridge onto Staten Island and the driver tried to re-cross the span back to Brooklyn. That's when the bus collided with a Lexus SUV on the overpass about 11 p.m., ricocheted off the vehicle and went up the guardrail--leaving the bus hanging precariously over the edge.
"Two more feet to the left and it would have fallen down onto the Expressway," a witness said. "It was definitely their lucky day."
According to police,there were 52 passengers on the bus, including the entire Crosscutters team. Two players and a coach were treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital.
The driver of the SUV claimed the bus driver ran a red light and cut off the team's bus.
The incident recalled a more tragic bus crash. In 2007, a Bluffton University baseball team charter bus plunged off an Atlanta highway ramp and killed six people.
The Crosscutters (26-21) recovered enough to play the next day, but lost to the Cyclones (25-22), 3-2, at MCU Park in Coney Island. Both teams are battling for playoff spots in the Single-A N.Y.-Penn League.
I'm sure the team was counting their blessings more than their pitches the next day.