UW marching band will not go to Pullman following rollover crash
PULLMAN, Wash. — The University of Washington marching band is not going to be in Pullman for the Apple Cup following a rollover crash Thursday night.
That crash happened just after 5:30 p.m. Thanksgiving night on slippery roads on I-90 just east of George.
The university says the bus was carrying 56 members of the marching band. 47 of those students had to be taken to the hospital. As of Friday morning, two students are still in the hospital with what is believed to be non life-threatening injuries.
Brad McDavid, director of the athletic bands issued to the following statement:
“The Husky Marching Band is like a family, and we do everything together. With that in mind, the band will not attend the 2018 Apple Cup game in respect and consideration of the recovery our students and staff need following our bus accident last night.”
Director of Athletics Jennifer Cohen also issued a statement, saying the decision was made for the safety of the students. Her statement in full reads:
“The health and well-being of our students is our top priority, and it became evident that our band members need to recover and return home. I would like to commend Brad McDavid, Director of Athletic Bands, for his outstanding leadership, and to express deep and heartfelt gratitude to the people of Grant County, especially the first responders, Quincy School District and the administration and staff of George Elementary who went far out of their way to take such incredible care of our students on Thanksgiving night. Many of the most helpful and supportive community members were Cougars fans, who demonstrated the caring values of WSU which transcend rivalry.”
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