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Bluffton crash survivor survives another team crash


August 25. 2013 1:55AM
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BLUFFTON — A Bluffton University baseball player who survived a team bus crash in 2007 that killed seven escaped another team crash unharmed.Allen Slabaugh, who survived when his team bus went off an overpass in Atlanta, was traveling on a cross-country trip with cyclists when a rear tire blowout caused their van to lose control.The cyclists were participating in a 3,600 mile trip from Seattle to Washington D.C. to raise money for The Fuller Center for Housing, according to a press release. The van and trailer were totaled in the crash that blocked two westbound lanes of traffic on Interstate 84. The accident occurred near Burley, Idaho, at about 5:05 p.m. Tuesday.The van rolled and came to rest on its roof. The driver, 25-year-old Ryan Iafigliola, was trapped in the smoldering vehicle until teammates released him. The team’s oldest member, 69-year-old Tom Weber, suffered the most severe injury, a dislocated shoulder. Slabaugh, who oversees the Fuller Center’s Student Builders program, was uninjured. Slabaugh told the media it brought back unpleasant memories of the crash just four years ago. “When it started rolling, it felt very similar,” he said. “Anytime your van rolls, it’s scary.”The team is searching for a new van and trailer, and cyclists will continue to Seattle to begin their trip for the Bike Adventure on June 12. The Bike Adventure is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Fuller Center, based in Americus, Ga., which builds and repairs homes for low-income families in the United States and internationally.You can comment on this story at www.LimaOhio.com.





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