Westwood’s boys varsity and junior varsity basketball teams were ready to play at Desert Mountain Tuesday afternoon, but ended up about 19 miles short of what was to be a 21-mile trip.
The bus transporting the Warriors to Desert Mountain rear-ended another vehicle heading north on Country Club Drive at the underpass of the 202 (Red Mountain freeway). None of the 30 players and coaches were injured, just a bit shaken by the impact.
‘‘I was sitting in the front seat and I knew we were going to hit and braced myself,’’ Westwood head coach Shane Burcar said. ‘‘After we hit, I turned back to see how everyone else was. There were a lot of people at the scene that helped. A lot of good samaritans out there.... Our guys were good on the bus. They were patient and handled it like young men.’’
Burcar said the impact caused the airbag in the rearended vehicle to deploy. The woman driving the rear-ended vehicle was treated at the scene and taken away by paramedics as a precaution.
‘‘She was pretty banged up,’’ Burcar said. ‘‘But I think she was going to be OK.’’
Westwood players and coaches boarded the bus shortly before 4:30 p.m. They had traveled a little more than two miles when the accident occurred. By the time paperwork was filled out for the Mesa district and two law enforcement agencies the players and coaches returned to Westwood two hours laters