The Oregon State Men’s Basketball team is reported to be safe following an attack in Barcelona, Spain.
It is being reported that a white van jumped up onto a sidewalk in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district before plowing through a crowd of pedestrians and tourists. Police in Barcelona are investigating this as a terrorist attack, while local media outlets are reporting as many as 13 people have dead, and 50 or more are injured.
The attack happened directly in front of the Beavers’ team hotel, according to head coach Wayne Tinkle.
Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4— Wayne Tinkle (@waynetinkle) August 17, 2017
Oregon State University released the following statement:
“The Oregon State men's basketball team's traveling party is reported to be safe Thursday following an incident in Barcelona, Spain. The incident occurred near the hotel where the team is staying.
The Beavers are touring Spain through Aug. 25 playing five exhibition games. OSU officials are determining the remaining schedule. Updates on the team's schedule will be provided when available.
The Oregon State University community extends its thoughts and prayers for all those injured and affected by this incident.”
We will keep you updated as any new information become available.
Coach Tinkle and Beaver Athletics posted the following video on Twitter earlier this afternoon.
Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes also took the time to speak to the media today, listen to his statement in the video below, courtesy of Danny Moran of the Oregonian
Here's Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes' first statement on the attack in Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/x9dQMPq4qp— Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran) August 17, 2017