Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/16/13
The head coach of the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse team and the bus driver died and 21 others were injured after a tour bus carrying team members veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday morning and hit a tree, officials said.
Coach Kristina J. Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, who was six months pregnant, died and her unborn child also did not survive the 8:50 a.m. crash at in Middlesex, Cumberland County, according to the county coroner. Also killed in the crash was bus driver Anthony M. Gueaetta. 61, of Johnstown, police said.
Fourteen others on the bus – all Seton Hill players – were injured. All the other passengers were taken to local hospitals, said a Turnpike spokeswoman.
The bus was carrying the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse team to a game at Millersville University.
The bus was carrying Seton Hill’s 23 players and three coaches from Greensburg to Millersville, near Lancaster for a scheduled 1 p.m. game. The crash occurred near mile marker 227 in Middlesex Twp., just east if the Carlisle interchange, Cumberland County public information officer Megan Silverstrim said.
Seton Hill University is a Catholic school located near Pittsburgh. About 2,500 students attend the school and the team features two Philly players, senior midfielder Rachel Hilbert (Boyertown) and sophomore defender Nicole Rossi (Methacton).
The bus reportedly went through a guardrail and struck a tree. The accident is under investigation.
This is the second bus crash involving an NCAA lacrosse team this week. On Tuesday, the Saint Michael’s men’s lacrosse team was involved in a crash in upstate New York that left one person in another car dead. No one on the St. Michael’s team was seriously injured.
The following is a statement by Seton Hill:
“At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning a bus carrying the Seton Hill University’s women’s lacrosse team was in an accident that occurred in Cumberland County, PA. The accident occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Carlisle, PA. The bus was chartered through Mlaker Charter and Tours of Davidsville, PA. The team was traveling to an NCAA-II match at Millersville University.
“The University understands that at least three individuals were injured seriously and transported by medical helicopters and/or ambulances. Those three individuals were taken to Hershey Medical Center. According to Cumberland County Public Information Officer Megan Silverstrim, other individuals with minor injuries were transported as follows: eight were taken to Carlisle Regional Medical Center, seven to Harrisburg Hospital and four to Holy Spirit Hospital.
“Seton Hill administrators used the E-2 Campus system, campus e-mail and phone calls to communicate the seriousness of the accident to students on campus. The University’s Associate Dean of Students is en route to Cumberland County to assist students and their families.
“Counseling services are available for students and members of the Seton Hill community beginning immediately and will continue to be available.”
US Lacrosse president and CEO Steve Stenersen today issued this statement regarding the tragic bus accident in Pennsylvania that involved members of the women’s lacrosse program at Seton Hill University:
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic bus accident involving the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse team today. There are no words to express the sense of sorrow that we feel for all of those involved. Lacrosse is well-known for having a tight-knit community, and I know that we’ll all come together to support Seton Hill in every way possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have experienced such incredible loss, as well as team members recovering from injuries sustained in the accident.”