FARGO-The 11 basketball players that were injured in a serious crash south of Mapleton Thursday evening, June 28, were members of a Lisbon Courts Plus team traveling to Fargo to play a game, a friend of the girls told Forum News Service.
All members of the team are reportedly doing OK and are expected to fully recover from their injuries. Some of the passengers injured in the crash did suffer broken bones, along with cuts and bruises, according to Cassidy Rostock, a friend of the girls.
Rostock added that communication with the victims has been limited since the crash, and says she doesn’t know if any of the girls have been released from the hospital yet. Following the crash, all 11 passengers were transported to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
The two men in the other car, Levi Allmaras, 23, of West Fargo, and Cameron Bolton, 22, of Fargo, were also transported to Sanford Medical Center and were listed in critical condition.
When inquiring about a condition update of both men, a hospital spokesperson said that Allmaras was no longer listed as a patient at the hospital. A relative of Allmaras confirmed Friday that he is fine after spending a few hours in the hospital. He sustained a few bumps and scrapes from the crash.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, Sanford said that Bolton remains a patient, but the hospital was waiting on the family's permission to release an update on his condition.
It is unknown if either Allmaras or Bolton were wearing their seat belt at the time of the crash, a police report shows.
Only 2 of the 11 passengers in the white van carrying the Lisbon Courts Plus basketball team were listed as wearing a seat belt, one of which, was the driver.
Family and friends of Bolton have taken to social media to spread messages of hope and prayer.
Sarah Fisher, Bolton’s mother, posted on Facebook early Friday morning, writing, “Its a call no mother ever wants to get! Please pray for my son Cameron Bolton. Prayers are needed as he is in critical condition at sanford room 528. He was in an accident.”
Since posting, hundreds of supporters have commented on Fisher’s post saying that they are praying for her son.
“Praying God’s healing touch from head to toe! Praying peace for all of you!” one post reads.
“Praying for Cameron, your family and the doctors and medical staff who are taking care of them,” another comment reads.
Rostock, 16, of Milnor, says she is also praying for Allmaras and Bolton in this difficult time.
When informed of their condition, Rostock added that she “will definitely be sending prayers their way.”
Rostock said that she first heard the news of the crash in Mapleton, which is about 16 miles west of Fargo, through a news alert on her phone. She was aware that her friends were in Fargo that night for a basketball game and were likely heading back home around that time.
“I was scared,” said Rostock. “My hands were shaking.”
She said she hadn’t known who was involved in the accident until she called a friend, who wasn’t involved in the crash, to ask if she was alright. Rostock said that the friend she called had spoken with someone that was involved in the crash.
A tweet sent out Friday by Kaitlin Geyer of Lisbon shows a photo of the basketball team huddled atop the white van involved in the crash. The van even had a name, they called it “Flubert.”
While our crazy adventures in Flubert ended tonight, I couldn’t thank the man upstairs enough for keeping every single one of you safe tonight. pic.twitter.com/ANcBUGKBA1
- kait (@GeyerKaitlin14) June 29, 2018
“While our crazy adventure in Flubert ended tonight, I couldn’t thank the man upstairs enough for keeping every single one of you safe tonight,” the tweet reads.
Beth was definitely looking out for her basketball team tonight from heaven❤️glad they were all okay #glorytoGod
- Shaina Rasmusson (@2Shanana2) June 29, 2018
“Beth was definitely looking out for her basketball team tonight from heaven, glad they were all okay #glorytogod,” a tweet from Shaina Rasmusson, also of Lisbon, reads.
Rasmusson’s tweet is in reference to Bethany Elijah, a 14-year-old Lisbon basketball player who was killed when an SUV struck her while she was riding her bicycle in July 2017.
“In situations like this one, (prayer) is the best thing we can do for the people involved and their families,” Rostock said. “We can pray that everything will be OK and see what happens.”