Oregon Tech Cross Country team returns home after crash

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.– The Oregon Tech Cross Country team is finally back home after a semi-truck crashed into their van in Florida.

Oregon Tech was in Florida for the NAIA National Championships last week.

The team was driving through Gainesville when they were rear-ended by a semi-truck.

The athletic director said the team flew from Orlando to Portland Sunday night and then drove to Klamath Falls Monday morning.

“It was a potentially very disastrous situation that, the van was totaled,” Athletic Director John Van Dyke said, “everybody survived it about as well as you can when you have a semi hit you from behind.”

He said some student-athletes are still being evaluated for potential concussions and other injuries.

He said they are grateful everyone was healthy enough to make the trip home.

NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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