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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 14, 2009

Minor injuries to Northwest track athletes in van mishap

Members of the Northwest Missouri State University track team suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon, Feb. 13, when the van in which they were traveling slid off a highway near Hamburg, Iowa.

Cole Tackett, dispatcher with the Fremont County Sheriff's Department, said Friday evening that the one-vehicle accident occurred on Road J64 four miles east of Hamburg. Tackett said the van slipped off the pavement and rolled over, and that occupants were transported to the Grape Community Hospital in Hamburg for treatment of minor injuries.

Coach Scott Lorek, the driver, said nine people were in the van at the time of the accident, which occurred just after 3 p.m. The group was traveling to a track meet scheduled Saturday, Feb. 14, at Wayne State College in Nebraska.

Northwest Health and Safety Manager Scott Walk and another Environmental Services staff member drove one of the University's large motor coaches to Hamburg late Friday to pick up the athletes and bring them back to Maryville.

The team had departed for Wayne State College in three vans, but only one van was involved in the accident.

Because of the mishap, Dr. Robert Boerigter, Northwest director of athletics, decided to cancel the Bearcats' participation in the meet.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468