Deer thrown into cabin of Wind River Lady Cougars team bus near Manderson, only minor injuries reported

By Ernie Over, managing editor,

(Manderson, Wyo.) – The Wind River Cougars Girls Basketball team bus was involved in a freak accident Friday night outside of Manderson as the team was returning to its hotel in Worland. Fremont County School District 6 Superintendent Diana Clapp said a few of the girls received minor injuries, mostly cuts from flying glass, but there were no serious injuries.

According to a report received by Clapp, the team had just finished participating in the first day of the Big Horn Basin Shootout basketball tournament in which the team won games against Burlington and Rocky Mountain. Just outside of Manderson, a deer leapt in front of the bus and the bus clipped the deer, sending it into the opposite lane of travel. An oncoming truck struck the deer, which was then propelled through the side windows of the bus and into the passenger cabin.

“It was quite a mess,” Clapp said. “Fortunately our boys team was also in the area and that bus came and picked up the girls team and took them to Worland. Clapp had high praise for the Worland School District. “When the damaged bus got to Worland, they helped us clean it up, that was a lot of help. We really appreciated it.”

The girls team went on to play again Saturday, defeating host Greybull 63 to 50 and apparently none the worse for wear.

Clapp didn’t have a damage estimate to repair the bus, “we’re still doing reports,” she said.

It’s one road trip those basketball players won’t soon forget.