LODI, NJ - Four members of the Hasbrouck Heights High School girls tennis team were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center after a bus crash on Tuesday evening in Lodi. On the bus were members of the varsity team and some JV players, along with head coach Suzanne Caines. The team was returning home from a match against Midland Park High School.
The accident occurred on Route 17 South when the bus was struck from behind by a car, according to Lieutenant Robert Salerno of the Lodi Police Department. The athletes' injuries were "minor, and non life-threatening" he said.
Administrators at the scene included Dr Matthew Helfant, Superintendent, Linda Simmons, high school Principal, and Michael Scuilla, Athletic Director. Simmons and Scuilla also went to HUMC to check on the student-athletes.
"The girls were all really shaken up," said parent Tricia Sonzogni. "Mrs. Caines (head coach Suzannes Caines) did a great job with them."
Some students were released to their parents at the scene. The accident investigation is being handled by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office, according to Salerno.
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