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Pelicans game against Mudcats postponed due to bus crash

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined. (Source: WECT) The cause of the accident has yet to be determined. (Source: WECT)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Tuesday night's Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball game against the Carolina Mudcats has been postponed after a bus carrying 33 members of the Mudcats flipped in Columbus County, causing non-life-threatening injuries to seven players and one trainer.

FULL STORY: Bus carrying Carolina Mudcats flips, heads to Myrtle Beach as planned

“We are relieved and grateful that the injuries were relatively minor in nature so that the individuals in need of attention could be treated and released to rejoin their teammates,” said Pelicans President and General Manager Andy Milovich. “We've been in touch with their staff to make sure any needs they have while in Myrtle Beach are met.”

The stadium will still open Tuesday night with free admission to all fans, for an intrasquad exhibition game from the Pelicans Travel Baseball club, with limited concessions. Tickets for tonight's game can be exchanged for a ticket of equal or lesser value to future Pelicans regular season game during the 2015 season or beyond, subject to availability. See full details in the news release below.

Below is the complete news release from the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (MAY 12, 2015) – Early Tuesday morning, the Carolina Mudcats' bus, traveling overnight from Salem, Virginia, to Myrtle Beach, flipped over. Seven players and the team's athletic trainer were hospitalized but have now been released. As a result of the accident, Tuesday's contest between the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and the Mudcats has been postponed. A date to make up the game has not yet been determined.

“We are relieved and grateful that the injuries were relatively minor in nature so that the individuals in need of attention could be treated and released to rejoin their teammates,” said Pelicans President and General Manager Andy Milovich. “We've been in touch with their staff to make sure any needs they have while in Myrtle Beach are met.”

As of 1:20 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the Carolina Mudcats front office confirmed that all players and coaches were accounted for, had been treated and released, and the team has arrived safely in Myrtle Beach.

From the Carolina Mudcats' press release that went out at 2:15 p.m. ET:

As reported by several news outlets, the incident in question involved the Mudcats' team bus and an accident that occurred while the team traveled overnight from Salem, VA to Myrtle Beach, SC.

Details of the injuries sustained by the players and staff will not be released at this time. The entire staff and full roster of players did make the trip to Myrtle Beach following the accident.

In lieu of the game, the Pelicans will open the gates with free admission to all fans with a pregame catch on the field and an intrasquad exhibition game from the Pelicans Travel Baseball Club. The pregame catch on the field will run from 6:00-6:30 p.m., and the Pelicans Travel Baseball Club game will run from approximately 6:35-7:30 p.m.

Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and close at approximately 8:00 p.m. The Kids Zone with inflatable amusements will be open and free of charge. Fans of all ages can partake in a pregame catch on the field beginning at 6:00 p.m. Limited concessions will be available including the scheduled $2.00 craft draft beers from 6:00-8:00 p.m. as part of $2day Brewsday.

Fans should enter through the main gate, Gate 1, located near right field at the main parking lot.

Anyone with tickets or vouchers for Tuesday's game can exchange them for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any future Pelicans regular season game during the 2015 regular season or beyond, subject to availability.

The series with the Mudcats is expected to resume on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday is a Wiener Wednesday, presented by Hebrew National with two-for-one hot dogs all game long. It's also part of the Strike Out Cancer Series with Childhood Cancer Awareness Night, presented by the American Cancer Society. The Pelicans are asking all fans in attendance to donate a new teddy bear. All gifts will be donated to children fighting cancer. It's a Baseball Bingo night, presented by AARP.

Any inquiries regarding the Mudcats, their players and staff, can be address to Carolina Mudcats Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations Greg Young at (916) 804-8029 or via e-mail at mudcatsradio@carolinamudcats.com.

The 2015 season marks the 17th season for the Pelicans franchise and first as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2015, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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