SIU bus gets stuck in snowstorm
Salukis rescued by tow truck after nearly 6 hours
The Southern Illinois team was stranded on a highway for nearly six hours Sunday night before being rescued by a tow truck and spent the night in a church, according to multiple reports.
The bus carrying the Salukis' players and assistant coach Anthony Beane Sr. got stuck in a snowstorm while returning from Normal, Ill., to Champaign, Ill., after getting blown out by Illinois State on Sunday afternoon.
There was a chance they may have been forced to spend the night in the vehicle on Interstate 57 near Champaign, Ill., but a tow truck arrived on the closed highway before midnight.
Sophomore guard Jalen Pendleton wrote on Twitter at 11:42 p.m. CT, "Tow truck just got here!!!!"
Since only emergency travel was allowed on the highway, no other vehicles could reach the bus for several hours.
"They have plenty of gas, heat and food, so they're just hanging out," Southern Illinois athletic director Mario Moccia told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before the rescue. "The worst-case scenario is they spend the night on the bus right there. The best case is that they get a tow truck in there and go to a hotel in Tuscola."
The bus was off the road and was in no danger, Moccia told multiple media outlets.
Salukis coach Barry Hinson was stuck elsewhere in his car, according to the Post-Dispatch. He was heading out on a recruiting trip. Two other assistant coaches were also not on the bus.
Southern Illinois lost 66-48 to Illinois State, dropping the Salukis' record to 4-11 overall, 0-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
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