Band mom, Michelle Johnston was relieved to hear her son`s voice on the phone when he called saying one of the University of Washington marching band buses rolled over on Interstate-90. “It felt to them the bus did a 360, then a 90 then came to a stop.”
Michelle Johnston explains how she felt: “Just heart panic, I`m telling myself if he`s talking to me he`s okay.”
Her son Alex, a snare drum player in the Husky band and a freshman at the University of Washington was in the bus behind the one which rolled over.
He is okay.
This morning his mother says her son was so excited about the trip and performing at the Apple Cup.
“I love that he`s a band kid and he has these adventures, but you always worry when they go on a road trip and I knew there was snow and ice on the road tonight.”
Through texts they`ve been exchanging, her son Alex says everyone is okay. Some students have minor injuries but all are safe.
“I know that they’re helping each other, they`ve picked some glass out of the folks who were on the bus that rolled over, they`re sharing clothing `cause their stuff is scattered on the road.”
Trooper John Bryant told NPR: “40-45 plus” people were transported to hospitals but that none of the injuries were serious. He said there were 56 people total on the bus.