DATE:  March 27, 2005
CONTACT: Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs Manager, (361) 813-6409 or (361) 825-2337; Dan Viola, Athletic Director, (361) 946-2697

Six Members of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Track Team Injured in Collision while Returning from Meet

Six members of the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi track and field team were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries Saturday night following a collision on Interstate 37 South that claimed the life of the driver of the second vehicle.

According to track coach Shawn Flanagan, the vehicle carrying the team members was returning from Austin where the Islanders had competed in the Texas Invitational track meet. At about 10:30 p.m. a northbound pick-up crossed the median and struck the lead van in the four-vehicle caravan carrying the Islander team. The driver of the lead van swerved but could not avoid the collision and his vehicle went into a ditch. The driver of the pick-up was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two of the injured Islanders were transported to a San Antonio hospital by helicopter. Two others were taken to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital. Two more were treated for minor injuries at a Beeville hospital and released.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi President Flavius C. Killebrew said he is concerned, but grateful that the members of the track team will recover. “All the members of the track team and their families are in our thoughts and prayers as is the family of the driver of the other vehicle,” he said.

Athletic Director Dan Viola also expressed his relief and concern. “We are certainly thankful that the members of the track team involved in last night’s accident do not have any life-threatening injuries,” he said.