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Mississippi State Basketball (AP)
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Mississippi State's basketball team helped an unconscious woman out of her crashed car


The Mississippi State men's basketball team was supposed to fly to Baton Rouge for a game on Saturday against LSU. But the plane had a mechanical issue, so the team had to take the bus.

That ended up being a lifesaver for Carolyn Ashley, a Mississippi nurse whose car crashed on the side of Interstate 55 at about 4 p.m. on Friday. The team found her unconscious in her car and three team officials pulled her out of the wreckage. 

After Ashley woke up, she started screaming, "Get me out of here!" 

She just spun out and went flying off the road....We were worried this thing was going to explode. It was really scary.
MSU coach Ben Howland

MSU head coach Ben Howland, alongside Director of Operations Michael Moynihan and strength coach David Deets, pulled Ashley out through a back door. 

Team trainer Ryan Dotson found she only had minor injuries. 

"Wearing her seatbelt saved her life," Howland said.

The school tweeted out the results of their efforts.

To top it off, Mississippi State won their Saturday game 95-78. 

The team said they saw five more crashes on their way to the game. A rare snowstorm led the Mississippi Department of Transportation to tell all drivers to stay off the road on Friday. 

Howland went to a nearby hospital, but "everything turned out fine," her boyfriend told ESPN.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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