February 28, 2013

Driver in UMaine bus crash taken to new hospital

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The driver of the University of Maine women's basketball team bus that crashed Tuesday, who was burned in the wreckage, has been transferred to Brigham and Women's Hospital where he remains in fair condition.

Jeffrey Hamlin, 55, was driving a Cyr Bus Lines motor coach when he slumped over the steering wheel as the team was headed southbound on Interstate 95 at about 8:30 p.m. for a game against Boston University the following night. Police suspect a medical condition may have precipitated the crash.

The bus swerved across the road, through the median and across three lanes of northbound traffic before landing in a stand of trees off the highway.

The team and staff escaped with minor injuries, authorities said. Hamlin was the most seriously hurt and was flown to Boston Medical Center.  Family members told a spokesman for Cyr Bus Lines that Hamlin would eventually be transferred to a burn unit at another hospital for specialized treatment.

Hamlin was transferred from Boston Medical Center to Brigham and Women's Hospital Wednesday afternoon. Thursday morning, he was listed in fair condition at Brigham and Women's Hospital which has a burn center.

The hospital's burn center is one of a handful in the country led by plastic surgeons, according to its website, providing treatment for patients with mild to severe burns who "seek a better functional and aesthetic outcome." 


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