UPDATE COURTESY OF DEL STATE ATHLETICS
Dover, Del. (Feb. 24, 2023) – Delaware State University and its women’s bowling program are grateful for the outpouring of prayers and expressions of support following an accident involving the team on Feb. 23 in Dinwiddie County, Va., on Feb. 23.
A charter bus transporting the team was involved in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 85 during its travel to a scheduled tournament in North Carolina this weekend.
The eight-member team, its coach, a University staff member and the driver were aboard the bus at the time of the accident. The injured occupants were transported to local hospitals for treatment.
Upon news of the accident, Delaware State Director of Athletics Alecia Shields-Gadsden and other athletics officials immediately traveled to Dinwiddie County. Five of the players were treated at area hospitals and released on Feb. 23, while others remained in the hospital overnight.
A road trip to North Carolina for Delaware State University women’s bowling team took a scary turn on Thursday, and its driver is facing charges.
A bus carrying the team veered off the road in Virginia, sending ten passengers and the bus driver to the hospital, according to NBC12. The driver, 63-year-old Lloyd Archer of Delaware was charged with reckless driving, failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
Virginia State Police said the small charter bus was traveling south on I-85 when it ran off the road and overturned near McKenney (mile marker 43) just after 11:15 a.m. on Thursday.
Two passengers had to be airlifted to hospitals, but injuries are non-life threatening, according to the report.
The team was headed to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Confernce (MEAC) bowling championships, which are scheduled to begin on Friday.
This is the second time in less than a year that a Delaware State University bus trip south has resulted in headlines. Last spring DSU’s women’s lacrosse team was stopped by authorities in Georgia and alleged that it was racially profiled, citing video evidence and verbal conversations.