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Published December 08, 2008, 12:00 AM

Bus driver for North Dakota volleyball team suffers stroke in Alexandria

A bus driver for North Dakota State's women's volleyball team suffered a stroke when the team stopped in Alexandria for lunch.

North Dakota State’s women’s volleyball team, en route Thursday to the NCAA Division I national tournament, was faced with a serious situation that could have been more serious when its bus driver suffered a stroke.

According to NDSU women’s athletic director Lynn Dorn, the bus driver from Valley Bus Co., of Fargo, suffered a stroke in the parked bus while the Bison players were eating lunch in Alexandria.

Valley Bus Co., confirmed the driver’s name was Roger Harrington.

Harrington was transferred from a hospital in Alexandria to one in St. Cloud. No reports on Harrington’s condition were available.

“It’s just so unfortunate,” Dorn said. “But it’s fortunate nothing happened on the road. It could’ve been more serious.”

Dorn said Bison assistant coach Dave Manka received a call from Valley Bus Co. officials alerting him of Harrington’s condition. Manka and Lisa Spors, a certified athletic trainer traveling with the team, evaluated Harrington on the bus before calling 911.

This story was provided through The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead