Updated 8:09 p.m.
PHARR — A car accident involving a school bus carrying Brownsville Rivera volleyball players to an evening game in McAllen sent a handful of players to the hospital Tuesday afternoon with minor bumps and bruises, according to Rivera volleyball coach Elizabeth Avelar-Guerra.
The players were on their way to a 7 p.m. matchup against McAllen High.
The accident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. in the westbound lane in the 100 block of Interstate 2, said Pharr Police spokesman, Sgt. Michael Mendoza, who added that the accident involved five vehicles.
Twenty-four students were taken for check-ups as a precaution, according to Mendoza.
The non-district game scheduled against McAllen High was canceled as a result of the accident, Avelar-Guerra said.
“We are fine but everyone is getting checked out, just bumps and bruises so far,” Avelar-Guerra said via text message, adding that the impact was “pretty hard, but he (the bus driver) tried to stop. …The car cut in front where the road to turn to Edinburg is, and there was a lot of congestion. He couldn’t stop on time.”
Rivera assistant coach Richard Guerra said players were taken to two hospitals following the accident, and some had been discharged to parents by 8 p.m.