Six middle school football players from Sanger have all been released from area hospitals after they were sprayed with antifreeze from a school bus Thursday night while returning from a game in Gainesville, school officials said.
The accident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, shortly after the Sanger Middle School football team's bus made it back into town from a road game.
The students "were sprayed with antifreeze from a hose that broke loose" during the ride home, according to a news release from the Sanger Independent School District.
"The bus carrying the team was turning onto Acker Street, only a couple of blocks from the school when the problem occurred," the news release stated. "Fortunately, the bus was close enough to the school and the coaches reacted quickly.
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"The players immediately showered when they arrived so they could wash off the antifreeze."
Four students were taken by helicopter ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, and two went by ground ambulance to hospitals in Denton, according to the news release.
The information also stated that the 72-passenger bus was new, having been purchased with two others last May.
"So far," the news release stated, "the three buses have only been used for extra curricular activities and do not serve daily routes.
"At this time, the manufacturer of the buses has been contacted, and all three buses have been removed from service."