Johnson: Bus crash was a frightening scene

At his Monday press conference, Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson relayed the story of the football team's bus crash on Saturday, calling the it a "frightening scene." The crash occurred early Saturday morning as the team was en route to Athens, Ga., to take on Georgia.

At his regular Monday press conference, Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson relayed the story of the team's bus crash on Saturday, calling the it a "frightening scene." The crash occurred early Saturday morning as the team was en route to Athens, Ga., to take on Georgia.

"I was ahead in the front bus, and I didn't know it happened," said Johnson. "They stopped our bus and a patrolman walked up, sticks his head in the window and says, ‘a truck hit one of your buses.' That was pretty scary. From then on, we're almost in a panic.

"When I drive up (with the patrolman), the bus is on the opposite side of the road, the truck is almost obliterated, windows are broken out of the bus. You were expecting the worst, but fortunately it wasn't as bad as it could have been. It was nothing we want to make light of, but I thought our team handled it about as well as they could have."

On board the bus were 25 passengers, including some defensive players, coaches, and members of the support staff.  Although there were no serious injuries, Johnson said several players suffered minor injuries and bruises.

"Brett Beard probably had a bruised hip," said Johnson. "The coaching staff took the bigger hit being up front. Coach (Warren) Belin was slowed yesterday. Robert Dinwiddie did hit his knee on one of the chairs in front of him. I think Jovan Haye actually cracked out a window with his head.

"It did not help, but it certainly could have been worse. We are thankful for that.  I should also say that we are very fortunate the fourth bus did not hit the bus or truck. That bus driver did a great job."

Vanderbilt (1-6, 0-4) takes on Connecticut (2-5) Saturday at 1 p.m. at Vanderbilt Stadium for Homecoming.  Johnson said his staff has been studying film of the Huskies.

"They have the problem as us-- we've also played at different levels," said Johnson of the up-and-down Huskies. "Someone told me that 'UConn is no Georgia.'  I said, 'We're no Miami either.' We both have the same problem."

To read the complete transcript of Monday's press conference, click here.


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