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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bicyclist Killed in Collision with BC Team Bus

According to the Associated Press, a charter bus carrying the Boston College men's basketball team collided with a bicycle on Tuesday at about 6:30 pm on NC Highway 54, killing the rider.

The team was traveling on a bus owned by Southern Coach Co. of Durham, NC. The name of the bicyclist was not immediately released because the victim's family had not been notified.

No one on the bus was injured. The team plays at the University of North Carolina on Wednesday at 9 pm.


Assistant Ed Cooley said the driver of the bus wasn't arrested, and that the team stayed on the bus for at least 30 minutes while paramedics and police tended to the cyclist.

"This is very tragic," BC assistant Bill Coen said."This puts the game of basketball in perspective. Everyone wants to know about how this affects the game but there is a person who lost his life. The bus driver's life is impacted in a tragic way. We're just here playing a basketball game."

North Carolina coach Roy Williams* met with the team after their practice to see how the team and staff were doing and offered any help he could.

[amended = Williams was never a coach at BC]
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