Bus Crash

Lacrosse team bus crash near Carlisle leaves driver, pregnant coach dead (VIDEO)

2013-03-16T09:58:00Z 2014-02-24T09:11:22Z Lacrosse team bus crash near Carlisle leaves driver, pregnant coach dead (VIDEO)By Lara Malmont & Joseph Cress, The Sentinel The Sentinel

The bus driver and a pregnant women's college lacrosse coach were killed Saturday morning when a charter bus carrying Seton Hill University lacrosse players and coaches veered off the eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and struck a tree.

Three passengers were flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where Seton Hill head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg died from injuries suffered in the crash, hospital spokeswoman Danielle Ran said. Reports said Quigley was about six months pregnant and that her unborn baby boy did not survive the crash.

The driver of the bus, Anthony M. Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene of the crash near mile marker 227 in Middlesex Township, about a half mile east of the Carlisle Interchange, authorities said.

Guaetta was driving the bus when it veered off the south side of the turnpike, hit a guardrail and then traveled through 70 yards of grass before hitting a tree around 8:50 a.m., Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Robert Hicks said. The cause of the crash is unknown and state police are still investigating in coordination with the Cumberland County Coroner’s Office.

Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn told the Associated Press the bus was carrying 23 people, including Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse players and coaches. The team was headed to a NCAA Division II game at Millersville University in Lancaster County scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

Bus sheared open

The Associated Press reported that no other vehicle was involved in the crash that sheared away the front left side of the bus, which rested at the bottom of a grassy slope.

“At the request of Seton Hill University and out of respect for the patients’ families, the medical center will not release the names or conditions of the other two patients at this time,” said Scott Gilbert, media relations specialist with the Hershey Medical Center.

Eighteen other passengers were treated and released from local hospitals for minor injuries suffered in the crash.

Hospital sources confirmed seven of the injured were taken to Harrisburg Hospital, eight to the Carlisle Regional Medical Center and four to Holy Spirit Hospital. As of 9 p.m. Saturday, one person remained hospitalized at Holy Spirit.

Quick response

The emergency response was relatively quick. All patients were transported from the scene by 9:43 a.m., said Megan Silverstrim, public information officer for Cumberland County.

Responding units included 10 ambulances, two advanced life support squads and multiple local fire companies, Silverstrim said.

Larry Rhody, a member of the Union Fire Company in Carlisle, said he heard the crash from his home along Claremont Road. “I heard boom. Then another boom. Then the tones started and I told (my family) ‘I’ll be back.’”

When crews arrived, they found the bus upright against a tree, the left side sheared back to almost the middle of the bus.

One woman, who said she was a doctor, stopped to offer assistance. She did not want to talk or give her name as she walked away from the scene, carrying a single, used latex glove.

The Department of Environmental Protection was called to the scene to help with the diesel fuel spill from the crash. At a 1 p.m. news conference, Trooper Hicks said he did not know how many gallons of fuel had spilled. He explained how a forensics team and an accident reconstruction team were dispatched to the crash site.

No ‘red flags’

The bus operator, Mlaker Charter and Tours of Davidsville, is up-to-date on vehicle inspections, record inspections and bus driver license and health checks, said Jennifer Kocher, a spokeswoman for the state Public Utility Commission, which regulates bus companies that offer trips within Pennsylvania.

After the crash, Kocher said she had informal conversations with PUC bus inspectors. “There is nothing about this company that raises red flags,” Kocher said. “It is a little early, but we (the PUC) will be looking into it.”

Kocher added she had no access to agency records on Saturday.

Kelly Hay, a dispatcher with Mlaker, said an investigative team from the charter bus company was sent to the scene and would be working with everyone involved.

Coach remembered

Seton Hill University is a Catholic school located near Pittsburgh. A statement posted on its website Saturday said Quigley is survived by her husband, Glenn Quigley, and a young son, Gavin.

“The Seton Hill community is mourning the loss of Kristina Quigley and her unborn son,” the statement reads. “The university extends deepest sympathy to Quigley’s husband and family.”

The Associated Press reported that Quigley had just begun her second season with the Seton Hill lacrosse program. She led the Griffons to 11 victories in her first season. A Baltimore native, Quigley came to Seton Hill most recently from Erskine College in Due West, S.C., where she started the NCAA Division II program. Prior to that post, Quigley worked as the assistant lacrosse coach at Duquesne University, her alma mater.

Seton Hill University said it will offer a memorial Mass for Quigley and prayer for the bus driver at 7 p.m. today in Saint Joseph Chapel on the university campus.

The crash Saturday canceled the Millersville game and a Sunday home game at Seton Hill. As part of its coverage, the Associated Press interviewed Mike Scarbo, women’s lacrosse coach at Duquesne University. Scarbo said he remembered Quigley as a warm, outgoing person who immediately impressed him when he hired her to be an assistant during the 2008 season.

“In that time, I really saw how much passion she had to be a coach, and how much she enjoyed working with the kids,” Scerbo told the AP. “She was a teacher, and she wanted to help kids grow and learn, not just about the sport, but about life. She was a very happy person, very passionate about life, about her players, about her job and most importantly about her family.”


Posted Saturday on Cumberlink:

Two people were killed and 22 people transported to area hospitals after a charter bus carrying Seton Hill University women's lacrosse players and coaches crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike around 8:50 a.m. today near Carlisle.

Police werestill investigating the cause of the crash and remained on scene as of 6 p.m.

The Cumberland County Coroner's Office has confirmed the identify of the two individuals who died in the crash.

Anthony M. Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown died at the scene of the crash. He was driving the bus at the time of the crash.

Kristina J. Quigley, 30, of Greensburg died at the Hershey Medical Center from injuries suffered in the crash. She was about six months pregnant. Her unborn child did not survive, the coroner said. Quigley was the head coach of the Seton Hill women's lacrosse team.

Twenty-one other individuals were transported to local hospitals following the one-vehicle crash. Three of the four individuals sent to Holy Spirit Hospital were discharged as of 2:46 p.m., hospital spokeswoman Lori Moran said.

The other passengers were removed from the bus within an hour and taken to hospitals as a precaution. The crash appeared to have shorn away the front left side of the bus, which rested upright about 70 yards from the road at the bottom of a grassy slope.

The bus operator, Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., is up-to-date on its inspections, which include bus and driver safety checks, said Jennifer Kocher, a spokeswoman for the state Public Utility Commission, which regulates bus companies.

The agency's motor safety inspectors could think of no accidents or violations involving the company that would raise a red flag, she said, though complete safety records weren't available Saturday.

A statement posted on the Seton Hill website said Quigley died of injuries sustained in the crash. Quigley is survived by her husband, Glenn Quigley and young son, Gavin.

"The Seton Hill community is mourning the loss of Kristina Quigley and her unborn son. The University extends deepest sympathy to Quigley’s husband and family," the statement reads.

Quigley had just begun her second season with the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse program. She led the Griffins to 11 victories in her first season. A Baltimore, Md. native, Quigley came to Seton Hill most recently from Erskine College in Due West, S.C., where she started the NCAA Division II program. Prior to that post, Quigley worked as the assistant lacrosse coach at Duquesne University, her alma mater.

Seton Hill University said it will offer a memorial Mass for Quigley and pray for the driver of the bus, who also died as a result of the crash, and for all those injured, on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Saint Joseph Chapel on the University’s campus.

Duquesne University women's lacrosse coach Mike Scerbo remembered Quigley as a warm, outgoing person who immediately impressed him when he hired her to be an assistant during the 2008 season.

Quigley, also a Duquesne alum, spent just one season under Scerbo before moving to South Carolina to start Erskine College's NCAA Division II program.

"In that time, I really saw how much passion she had to be a coach, and how much she enjoyed working with the kids," Scerbo said. "She was a teacher, and she wanted to help kids grow and learn, not just about the sport, but about life."

She spent three years at Erskine before taking the top job at Seton Hill for the 2012 season. She stayed in touch with Scerbo, often seeking his guidance and showing up at the Duquesne alumni game.

"She was a very happy person, very passionate about life, about her players, about her job and most importantly about her family," Scerbo said.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Robert Hicks said in a press conference at 1 p.m. that police continue to investigate the scene of a tour bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike this morning near Carlisle.

Two people were killed and 22 people transported to area hospitals after a charter bus carrying Seton Hill University women's lacrosse players and coaches crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike around 8:50 a.m. today near Carlisle.

The driver died at the scene, authorities said. Three people were flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where one of them died, 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.

Hicks said no cause for the crash has been determined yet, and no information is being released about any of the passengers on the bus until the notification of the next of kin.

The bus was travelling east on the turnpike near mile marker 227 when it veered to the south side of the road, hit a guardrail and then travelled through 70 yards of grass before hitting a tree, Hicks said. A forensics team and an accident reconstruction team remain on site.

Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn told the Associated Press the bus was carrying 23 people, including Seton Hill University women's lacrosse players, three coaches and he driver.

Check back to Cumberlink for more details as they become available.


Posted at noon on Cumberlink:

Two people were killed and 22 people transported to area hospitals following a charter bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike around 8:50 a.m. today near Carlisle.

The bus crashed near mile marker 227 in Middlesex Twp., just east if the Carlisle interchange, Cumberland County public information officer Megan Silverstrim said. It's not clear what caused the crash, but State Police and the Cumberland County Coroner are investigating and no details about the crash were immediately available.

Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn told the Associated Press the bus was carrying 23 people, including Seton Hill University women's lacrosse players, three coaches and the driver.

One individual was pronounced dead at the scene. A second person died at the hospital. The Associated Press reported the driver of the bus is dead.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center spokeswoman Danielle Ran says three people were flown by helicopter to the hospital, where one died. She did not give the condition of the other two. Eleven others were also taken to hospitals as a precaution.

Seton Hill University is a Catholic school located near Pittsburgh. About 2,500 students attend. The team was scheduled to play at Millersville University, located outside Lancaster, today at 1 p.m.

Kelly Hay, dispatcher for Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., the charter bus operator, said its investigation team was en route and would be working with everyone involved. The company had no information yet from the investigators and could not comment, she said.

Larry Rhody, a member ofthe Union Fire Company in Carlisle, said he heard the crash from his home along Claremont Road.

"I heard boom. Then another boom. Then the tones started and I told (my family) I'll be back."

When crews arrived, they found the bus upright against a tree, the left side sheared back to almost the middle of the bus.

One woman, who said she was a doctor, stopped to offer assistance. She did not want to talk or give her name as she walked from the scene, carrying a single, used latex glove.

The Department of Environmental Protection has been called to the scene to help with the diesel fuel spill from the crash.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

A reporter at the press conference said the Cumberland County coroner has confirmed a second death at the scene of a tour bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike this morning near Carlisle.


Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

A tour bus from Seton Hill University went off the road and crashed into trees near Carlisle while traveling to Lancaster this morning on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn said the bus was carrying 23 Seton Hill lacrosse players and three coaches when it crashed at about 9 a.m. Saturday near mile marker 227 on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

The driver died and 14 were taken to hospitals, three by helicopters.

Seton Hill University is a Catholic school near Pittsburgh. About 2,500 students attend. The team was to play at Millersville University, outside Lancaster, on Saturday.

A press conference is scheduled for 11:20 a.m.

According to Harrisburg Hospital officials seven passengers have been discharged with minor injuries, abc27 reported.

CBS21 reports the bus was a MLAKER Charter and Tours charter bus; the company is based in Davidsville, Pa. It was carrying the Seton Hill woman's lacrosse team to Millersville University in Lancaster. On the bus were 23 students, three coaches and the driver. Those without injuries were taken to a local fire company.

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Emergency crews have been called to the scene of a tour bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Middlesex Township near Carlisle this morning.

The crash took place at 9 a.m. near mile marker 226 on the turnpike near the Carlisle exchange. A photographer at the scene said there is a fatality and Life Lion has flown from the scene twice.

Check back to Cumberlink for details as they become available.

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    GregMaschak - March 16, 2013 12:04 pm
    I often wonder why vehicles such as buses and large trucks are not required to have “copilots” and be required to have automated or redundant safety systems in place as well. Anything from a drivers health conditions to his lack of awareness, road conditions or mechanical failure, a bus or truck can instantly fail. There needs to be safety systems in place that can attempt to detect these failures before that fatal crash occurs. We do this for planes, why not buses and trucks!

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