Bethel University Volleyball Team Bus Involved in a Vehicle Accident in Wisconsin

The bus driver, Bethel volleyball team, and coaches were not injured.

By Suzanne McInroy, director of communications

October 14, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.

Volleyball Team Bus Involved in Vehicle Accident

Bethel University Volleyball Team

The Bethel University Volleyball team bus was in a serious vehicle accident outside of Whitewater, Wisconsin, on Saturday, October 13. The Sheriff’s Office in Rock County, Wisconsin, has reported that just after 8 p.m., two young adults in a separate car died after their car crossed the centerline on a rural road and hit the coach bus carrying the Bethel volleyball team.

The bus driver, Bethel volleyball team, and coaches were not injured. (For more details on the vehicle accident, please contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.)

After the accident, the volleyball team was transported to a local hotel where they stayed the night. They returned to Bethel University on Sunday afternoon.

“We praise God that our team members, coaches, and bus driver were spared serious injury in this horrific accident,” says Bethel University Athletic Director Bob Bjorklund. “At the same time, we remember the two individuals who died during this crash, and especially remember and pray for their friends and families at this tragic time.”

Pastoral and counseling staff from Bethel were on hand when the team returned to campus and will provide support to the students throughout the coming weeks.

“I expect that this is going to hit our players in different ways and at different times. There is anxiety, there is grief, and there is gratefulness all wound up together, and it's going to take some time to process all of that,” said Gretchen Hunt, women’s volleyball coach and associate athletic director. “We are deeply grieving for the friends and families of the crash victims.”