A bus carrying a university women’s lacrosse team crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday, killing the driver and the team’s pregnant coach, school officials said.
In addition to the driver, the bus was carrying 23 students and three coaches from Seton Hill University, a Catholic school in Greensburg, Pa., turnpike spokesman Bill Capone said.
The bus was near the Carlisle interchange in central Pennsylvania when it veered off the road, crashed through a fence and slammed into a tree, killing the driver, he said.
Three passengers were flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where one of them died, hospital spokeswoman Danielle Ran said.
“Seton Hill University has learned that the university’s head women’s lacrosse coach, Kristina Quigley, died of injuries sustained in the crash. Quigley was pregnant, and her unborn baby boy died as a result of the crash as well,” school spokeswoman Kary Coleman said in a statement.
The 19 other passengers were not seriously injured, Capone, the turnpike spokesman, said.
The cause of the crash was unknown, he said.
The lacrosse team was headed to a match at Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.
Quigley had just begun her second season with the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse program, and led the team to 11 victories in her first season, the school said.
Seton Hill will hold a memorial Mass for Quigley and the driver on Sunday, Coleman said.
The crash occurred just a few weeks after the University of Maine women’s basketball team bus crashed on Interstate 95 in Georgetown, Mass., when the driver slumped over the wheel as the bus was traveling southbound. The driver, Jeff Hamlin, 55, of Charleston, Maine, was seriously injured, and some members of the team also suffered injuries.
Police said they believe Hamlin might have experienced a medical episode that caused him to lose consciousness behind the wheel.
The Black Bears decided not to participate in the America East Championship after the accident.
The Bangor Daily News contributed to this report.
Correction: An earlier headline incorrectly referred to the university as Seton Hall. The university is Seton Hill University.