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Pitt Basketball Recruit Involved In Car Accident

Five-star Pitt basketball recruit Khem Birch was involved in a car accident on Saturday traveling to a game. Fortunately, he was unharmed:

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Khem Birch was sitting in the front seat of a 2011 Dodge Journey alongside Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd Saturday afternoon as they traveled on I-95 to New York City.

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Hurd’s car was the first of three Notre Dame Prep vehicles taking the basketball team from Fitchburg, Mass., to face South Kent (Conn.) for a 3:30 tip-off at the Big Apple Basketball Invitational at Baruch College.

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All of a sudden, while they were in Norwalk, Conn., another vehicle cut across two lanes of traffic, causing an accident about six cars in front of them.

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Hurd managed to stop the car, only to be rear-ended, causing the Dodge to smash into the car in front of them.

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The car was totaled, but Birch (and apparently everyone else in the card) was unharmed. Birch wasn't simply uninjured, but he went on to play in the game and tally 18 points and 12 rebounds.

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Still, obviously he was a little shook up over the whole thing:

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“We just crashed,” said the 6-foot-9, 210-pound Birch, a Montreal native. “It was scary. Everything went through my mind. I don’t even know what happened. I was scared.”

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He added: “My neck snapped in front and my headphones almost broke.”

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There was also a bit of news in the article about Birch's playing position at Pitt as he apparently will rotate between power forward and center.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.