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Jul 31, 2011 1:39 AM by Robin O'Day and Shane Ewing

Oregon softball players involved in car crash near Lolo

LOLO - Missoula Zootown Coach Kevin Miltko says a group of girls from the Brookings Harbor Little League softball team from Brookings, Oregon, were involved in a car accident on Saturday night.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Heaney says one of the players was driving with a learner's permit and they were all headed back to a house they were renting in Lolo.

Another player, a sister of a player and her mother were also in the car.

The foursome was headed down Highway 12 near mile marker 19.

The driver signaled she was turning, but the Missoula driver behind the car did not see the turn signal because of the glaring sun.

He tried to swerve but ended up T-boning the car.

The mother was sent to Community Medical Center for a few bumps and bruises to her head.

All the others, including the Missoula man were not treated for injuries.

The Missoula driver was cited for careless driving.

Miltko says he was contacted about the accident so he could organize Sunday's game accordingly. The Zootown team was scheduled to play Oregon at 9:30 am but that game is now postponed until 6:00 pm and may be forfeitted if Oregon's players are not medically cleared to play. The team has 10 players and would not be allowed to play without 9 girls to take the field.

The teams are among 7 squads from around the western United States in Missoula for the Senior League World Series Western Regional qualifier tournament to decide who advances to the Senior League World Series in Little Sussex, Delaware.

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