Near tragedy at West Bloomfield
|This is a view (above) from where the SUV |
crashed through the fence before going through
the net and eventually through the fence on the
far left of the photo.
At the time of the incident, the West Bloomfield tennis team was practicing on the courts. Eight of Stark's players, along with himself, were on the two courts the vehicle crossed. According to Stark, the vehicle narrowly missed a handful of the players.
"We heard this loud noise and saw the vehicle crash through the fence," Stark said. "We all just yelled 'Run' and scrambled."
Stark said he checked with his team to make sure everyone was safe, before heading over to the vehicle to check on the driver. A bit dazed and in shock, she was OK as well. Stark wasn't sure if she was taken from the scene by police, or another emergency vehicle.
The fencing has been taped off and the court will be cleaned up for a scheduled scrimmage with Berkley on Monday. Stark has been in contact with all his players since the incident and says everyone seems to be in good spirits.
"I'm blessed that no one was hurt. It could have been tremendously ugly," Stark said. "I was worried to death when that car came crashing through there. It really was a miracle that someone wasn't hurt. I guess it just wasn't our time."