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Fatal bus crash on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a fatal bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. One person was killed in the accident that happened around 9 a.m. this morning at mile marker 227 in the east bound lane near the Carlisle exit.

 

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Elizabethtown College’s women’s lacrosse team took time Thursday to honor the victims of last weekend’s bus crash involving the Seton Hill women’s team.

The crash took the lives of coach Kristie Quigley, her unborn son and the bus driver, Anthony Guaetta. The crash also injured several players. The team was heading to Millersville University for a game when the bus crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

At the start of Thursday’s game, Elizabethtown and Amherst held a moment of silence. In addition, players worked to raise money for a scholarship fund for Quigley’s young son, Gavin.

“I hope that whatever little help we can give can really help. And, I know that everybody’s reaching out all across the country. And, I think that everybody just giving their little bit will really help make a big difference,” said Elizabethtown senior goalie Rachael Waldman.

According to the website where the fund raiser began, people have donated more than $55,000 as of Thursday night. To view the website, click here.

Lacrosse teams across the country are working together to honor the crash victims. A Facebook page called “Play 4 Seton Hill” has also been established. Click here to view it.

A civil lawsuit was filed today on behalf of a member of the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse team who was seriously injured when the team’s bus veered of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Carlisle and crashed into a tree March 16.

The accident claimed the life of the team’s pregnant coach and the bus driver. At least two players suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to Hersey Medical Center, including Amanda Michalski, 18, the plaintiff in the suit, who suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries.

“This is the latest in a long series of tragic and preventable bus accidents, requiring top to bottom review and reform of bus safety practices,” said attorney Shanin Specter, of Philadelphia-based Kline & Specter, P.C., who is representing Michalski, a freshman at Seton Hill, a Catholic liberal arts college near Pittsburgh.

The suit, filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, names Mlaker Transportation, Inc., of Davidsville, Pa., as the defendant in the case. It claims the company’s driver, Anthony M. Guaetta, was negligent and reckless in the 8:45 a.m. crash that saw the bus strike a guardrail and then travel some 75 yards before hitting a tree.

The team’s head coach, Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, died of her injuries. She was about six months pregnant, according to news reports, and her unborn son did not survive. Michalski and a teammate were airlifted to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, while other passengers on the bus were treated and released at local hospitals.

The accident was one of many tragic mishaps involving buses in recent months, including crashes of Megabus carriers in the Syracuse and Boston areas, the latter of which resulted in injuries to 35 students and chaperones from the Philadelphia area who had traveled to Harvard. Last month, a tour bus collision in southern California resulted in eight deaths and dozens of injuries.

The article above provided by Kline & Specter, P.C.

To perpetuate the memory of the late Seton Hill women’s lacrosse coach Kristie Quigley and assist in her young son Gavin’s scholarship fund, the Millersville women’s lacrosse team is selling crimson and gold wristbands embroidered with the slogan “onelaxfamily” and initials “KQ” for $8.

Quiqley, 30, and her unborn son passed away Saturday, March 17, when the bus carrying her team to Millersville for an afternoon game ran off the road and crashed into a tree on the Pennsylvania Turnpike outside of Harrisburg. The Baltimore, Md., native was in her second season as the head coach at Seton Hill and had previously coached and played at Duquesne University. Quigley is survived by her husband and son.

The wristbands are designed with Seton Hill’s school colors and are available for anyone to purchase. The slogan of “onelaxfamily” quickly started trending on Twitter when the outpouring of support began early Saturday following the accident. It represents the close-knit community of a sport that is the fastest growing in the United States. All 12 teams in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) will wear the wristbands for the remainder of the 2013 season.

“Immediately after learning the tragic details of the events that took place Millersville Lacrosse and the University as a whole felt it was necessary to aid the Seton Hill family during this tough time,” said Millersville head coach Mia Hall. “Knowing we were stuck in a helpless situation the best thing that we could do was to spread the word for prayers and support for the entire Seton Hill family. Kristie’s passing hits so close to home for all of us and my heart aches for her unborn son, Jackson, husband, and their son Gavin.”

Family friend Liz Goff established a web site to raise money for Gavin’s scholarship fund. Through Tuesday morning, the group site had already raised more than $23,000. The sale of the wristbands will continue to support the effort and serve as a reminder of the Seton Hill team and those involved in the accident.

“As a lacrosse community we are bound to one another and share that common bond of the game,” said Hall. “In times of triumph and tragedy and everything in between we view our close-knit society as a family. As players we view our coach as a parent while we are away from home, and as a coach we view our players as one of our own. We commonly refer to our teams as a family. In this horrible time our lacrosse community needs to be closer than ever and share the message of “onelaxfamily” and support the Quigley family and Seton Hill Lacrosse.”

The wristbands can be purchased at the web site: click here. For those not interested in purchasing wristbands but would still like to donate to Gavin’s scholarship fund, click here.

michalskiSeton Hill’s Amanda Michalski is currently listed in fair condition. The freshman was rushed to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center on Saturday morning after her team’s bus crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Another patient from the incident has been discharged; however, the person’s name has not been released to the public.

The bus was carrying the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse team to Millersville for a game when it veered off the road and crashed into a tree. There were three people killed in that accident in Cumberland County.

The bus driver as well as the Seton Hill’s coach Kristina J. Quigley who was six months pregnant.

Millersville will be selling sweat bands with all proceeds going to a scholarship fund for Quigley’s son, Gavin.

A tragic bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike killed two people and hurt several others Saturday morning.

The bus was carrying the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse team to Millersville for a game when it crashed near eastbound mile marker 227 in Cumberland County.

“It struck a guardrail, went off the roadway, traveled through a patch of grass approximately 70 yards or so before impacting a tree,” said Trooper Robert Hicks of the Pennsylvania State Police.

Officials said the bus was carrying 23 players and coaches when it went off the road around 9:00 a.m.

The crash killed both the driver, 61-year-old Anthony M. Guaetta of Johnstown, and head coach Kristina J. Quigley of Greensburg. Officials said Quigley was six months pregnant and her unborn child did not survive.

“It was about a 40 minute window from the time first responders arrived on the scene til the last patient was transported. That’s a pretty exceptional time, so they worked very hard to get all of those folks out of there and to hospitals as quickly as possible,” said Megan Silverstram, PIO for Cumberland County.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Environmental officials were also called to the scene due to a large amount of diesel fuel spilled from the bus.

Assistant Dean of Students for Seton Hill Jaimie Steel released a statement about the incident that reads in part:

“The Seton Hill University community is deeply saddened by the tragic bus accident that occurred today.  Our women’s lacrosse team was traveling to a NCAA-II match in Millersville University, in Millersville, Pa. We are mourning the loss of our head women’s lacrosse coach, Kristina Quigley, and her unborn son.  The University extends deepest sympathy to Kristina Quigley’s husband and family. Seton Hill University will offer a memorial Mass for Kristina Quigley and her family 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 7:00 p.m. in Saint Joseph Chapel on the University’s campus.”

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Seton Hill University Assistant Dean of Students, Jaimie Steel, released a statement regarding Saturday’s fatal bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Here is the statement in its entirety.

“The Seton Hill University community is deeply saddened by the tragic bus accident that occurred today.  Our Women’s Lacrosse team was traveling to a NCAA-II match in Millersville University, in Millersville, Pa.

We are mourning the loss of our Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Kristina Quigley, and her unborn son.  The University extends deepest sympathy to Kristina Quigley’s husband and family.

Seton Hill University will offer a memorial Mass for Kristina Quigley and her family 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 7:00 p.m. in Saint Joseph Chapel on the University’s campus.”

–Jaimie Steel
Assistant Dean of Students

The Cumberland County Coroner’s office has released the names of the two bus crash fatalities. The driver of the bus, 61-year old Anthony Guaetta of Johnstown, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The second victim, Kristina Quigley, 30 of Greensburg, died at Hershey Medical Center from injuries she sustained in the crash. Quigley was six months pregnant and her unborn child did not survive.

According to the school’s website, Quigley was the Head Coach of the lacrosse team.

Seton Hill updated their official statement on the University website to include the following information:

“At this time, Seton Hill University has learned that the bus driver died of injuries sustained in the crash.”

The name of that driver has yet to be released. No information has been given on the second fatality from the crash.

The following is a statement released by Seton Hill University in response to the bus crash on the PA Turnpike carrying members of the school’s women’s lacrosse team.

“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.”

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