A van carrying members of the Emory University track team overturned Friday in Birmingham, Ala.
Photo: WVTM-TV
Photo: WVTM-TV

‘It was really scary’; van carrying Emory track team overturns

Eight students and two coaches with the Emory University track team were on a van that overturned Friday during a scary crash in the Birmingham, Ala., area.

One person on the van was taken to a hospital with an injury and was released, according to a school statement.

The rest of Emory’s traveling party were treated and released at the scene. Those who were released headed back to the Emory campus.

Members of both the men's and women's teams were en route to the Crossplex in Birmingham when the accident took place, Emory sports information director John Farina said.

“I didn't even really know what happened,” track team member Matthew Jones told a local TV station after the crash. “All I remember was a big bang and people were screaming and I saw glass flying in slow motion. So it was really scary.”

Both teams were scheduled for a one-day meet Friday involving several teams.


The van flipped on U.S. 280 and came to rest upside down.

Birmingham police spokesman Sean Edwards told USA Today another car failed to yield the right of way. That car suffered front-end damage, but no one in that vehicle was hurt.

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