Police are investigating what caused a bus carrying the Seton Hill women's lacrosse team to veer off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crash into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver. Three passengers were seriously injured, 19 others were hospitalized, authorities said.
Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn says 23 players and three coaches were aboard when the bus crashed at about 9 a.m.
The Cumberland Coroner's office identified the driver as Anthony Gueaetta, 61, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He died at the scene of the crash. They also identified the other victim as Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Quigley was taken to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center where she died from her injuries. Quigley was the coach of the team and was six months pregnant. Her unborn baby boy did not survive.
Quigley, along with two injured passengers were flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Danielle Ran said. She did not give the conditions of the other two. Officials said all other passengers were taken to hospitals as a precaution. Officials say two of the injured passengers are from Montgomery County. Nicole Rossi, a sophomore from Collegeville, was taken to Carlisle Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released. Rachel Hilbert, a senior from Perkiomenville, was taken to Harrisburg Hospital where she was also treated and released.
The bus came to a stop upright on the side of the road with part of its left side shorn off, photos from the scene showed, though it's unclear whether that was from the impact or rescue operation.
The bus operator, Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., sent investigators to the scene, company dispatcher Kelly Hay said. The company had no information yet from the investigators and could not comment, she said.
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