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Police investigate fatal lacrosse team bus crash

Mar. 17, 2013 @ 10:47 AM

CARLISLE, Pa.  — Police are investigating what caused a bus carrying a college 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.

Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed Saturday morning. The team was headed to an afternoon game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania.

Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg died of her injuries at a hospital, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn son didn’t survive. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene.

The other passengers were taken to hospitals as a precaution; two passengers were still being treated Saturday night. The front left side of the bus was shorn away, and the vehicle rested upright about 70 yards from the road at the bottom of a grassy slope.

Police couldn’t immediately say what had caused the crash.
Both Saturday’s game and a Sunday home game were canceled after the crash, and Seton Hill, a Catholic liberal arts school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh, said a memorial Mass was planned for Sunday night on campus. The school is also offering grief counseling to students.

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