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Members of Elmira team suffer minor injuries in crash

HARBORCREEK, Pa. -- A bus carrying members of a New York
minor league hockey team struck the back of a tractor-trailer and
went down an embankment, seriously injuring the bus driver and
causing minor injuries to several players.

The Elmira Jackals of the ECHL were returning home after a 7-1
loss Wednesday in Cincinnati when the accident happened about 4:15
a.m. Thursday on Interstate 90 about 35 miles from the Ohio border,
police said.

The bus driver, 56-year-old Kenneth Nance of Blossburg, was
trapped in the wreckage before he was flown to Hamot Medical Center
in Erie, police said. Nance was in serious condition in the
intensive-care unit, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Nance, who was employed by JGM Coach Co. of Pennsylvania, was in
the intensive-care unit, Jackals general manager Robbie
Nichols said.

"Some players were tossed and thrown around the bus," Nichols
said. "We have some minor injuries. We don't know the extent of
the injuries."

No players were hospitalized. The team sent a bus to pick them
up.

Elmira is the affiliate of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets.