SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) – Eight people were injured when a charter bus carrying the University of Southern Maine men’s cross-country team collided with a car early Saturday morning.

The crash occurred at about 6 a.m. at the corner of Saco Street and Gorham Road when a car that was operating erratically and being pursued by a Westbrook police officer ran a red light and struck the bus, according to Scarborough police.

The driver and five passengers on the bus were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.

Twenty-year-old Michael Churchill of Westbrook, the car’s driver, and 18-year-old Robert Swan of Westbrook, the passenger, were hospitalized with serious injuries, according to a police statement.

The bus was on its way to a cross-country meet in Connecticut.


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