College basketball teams rescued from icy roads by Alabama police

Middle Georgia College basketball teams
(Courtesy: Athens Police Department)

ATHENS, Ala. (WKRN) – Poor road conditions from this week’s winter weather forced a college basketball to walk two miles to their hotel after their bus was unable to drive down Interstate 65 in Alabama.

Ericka Smith, a sophomore with the Middle Georgia State College basketball team, told ABC News that her school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams boarded a bus Friday afternoon to play against Martin Methodist College in Pulaski.

Less than an hour from their destination, the bus driver stopped the bus on I-65 North, saying the roads had become too icy to safely continue.

With their hotel about three miles away, the players gathered up their belongings and started walking.

The Athens Police Department found the basketball team shortly after midnight Saturday and drove them to their hotel after they had walked about two miles.

The women’s team made it to Saturday’s game in Pulaski with just 15 minutes to spare, but lost to Martin Methodist College by a score of 65-52.

“Everything happens for a reason and we’re just happy we made it safely,” Smith said. “Hopefully, everyone else that was stuck is OK as well.”

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