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St. Michael's College lacrosse team bus involved in fatal crash

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -

It was a close call for the St. Michael's College men's lacrosse team.

"Tremendous relief. Yes, we're very thankful," said Chris Kenny, the associate athletic director at St. Michael's College.

A bus carrying 34 student athletes, two coaches and an athletic trainer collided with a sports car on the Adirondack Northway near Albany Tuesday.

"While traveling southbound in the vicinity of exits 9 and 10 a Porsche traveling in front of the bus lost control for an unknown reason," N.Y. State Police Lt. Greg Thomas said.

Police say the bus flipped onto its driver's side into a roadside ditch and the Porsche landed in the median. The driver of that car, a 65-year-old man, is hospitalized in critical condition. His 64-year-old female passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say four St. Mike's players were treated for minor injuries.

"It's one of those things that you never think about it until it happens. We're lucky, fortunate and blessed to come out of this unscathed. No serious injuries," said Pat Ivory, the interim head lacrosse coach at St. Michael's College.

The coach says his heart goes out to the other victims. The lacrosse team was headed to a suburb outside of New York City for a game. They were transported from the crash site to a local firehouse to await final word from state police.

"All 34 players and the coaches are being treated here, fed, have a warm place to stay and they're making plans for their future endeavors," Thomas said.

The college sent a second bus to pick up the stranded team, but it's unclear if they'll go on to play against Mercy College.

"We have made local arrangements for a local hotel stay right there in that area, but we want to circle back with our coaches and talk to them," Kenny said.

The road was closed for about 5.5 hours. A crash reconstruction team continues to investigate.

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