Update: 2nd fatality identified as team's head coach. Scroll down for details.
A CHARTER BUS CARRYING A women's lacrosse team from Seton Hill University crashed into a tree on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday morning. The wreck killed the bus driver and one of the students who died later at the hospital. The left front corner of the bus, where the driver sits, took the force of the tree impact and was ripped partly back.
Patriot-News / Hermitt
The Associated Press reports:
The bus, which was carrying 23 Seton Hill lacrosse players and three coaches, reportedly went off the road and crashed into a tree, according to Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn. The crash occurred around 9 a.m.
Sentinel / Malmont
Colborn said that the bus driver and one passenger died. All other passengers were hospitalized, some with serious injuries. Three were taken to the hospital in helicopters, according to Penn State Hershey Medical Center spokeswoman Danielle Ran. One of the three died at the hospital.
Patriot – News / Hermitt
The bus was operated by Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pennsylvania.
The Carlisle Sentinel filed this raw video from the crash site:
The Patriot-News has more information on the injured victims HERE.
The Carlisle Sentinel has more details, photos and videos HERE.
Update, 5:30 pm:
The other fatality has been identified as the team's head coach, Kristina Quigley, 30, who was also pregnant. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting:
Cumberland County officials said the driver, Anthony Guaetta of Johnstown, died at the scene,
Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, and two other injured passengers were flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Ms. Quigley died there. She was six months pregnant and her unborn son did not survive, authorities said. The condition of the other two victims was unknown, hospital spokeswoman Danielle Ran said.
Ms. Quigley, who is survived by her husband, Glenn Quigley, and young son, Gavin, had just begun her second season with the Seton Hill women's lacrosse program, according to Ms. Coleman. She led the Griffins to 11 victories in her first season.
A TOUR BUS SLID OFF A RAIN-DRENCHED ROADWAY in Portugal Sunday morning and rolled down an embankment. The bus was carrying 44 passengers to visit a religious shrine when the driver lost control as it was going around a curve just before 8:30 am.
Correio da Manha photo
So far, 11 people, all adults, have died and 32 were injured, 5 of them seriously.
A portable medical tent and triage center was set up
(Correio da Manha photo)
At least 260 emergency service people including firefighters, paramedics and police responded to the scene. Also, two helicopters were dispatched to transport the more seriously injured passengers.
A CANADIAN CHARTER BUS returning to Vancouver, B. C., from Las Vegas slid or spun on icy, snowy I-85 Sunday morning. The bus plunged 100- to 150-ft. down a steep hillside and appears to have rolled at least once going down the hill.
The accident occurred in a rural area just before 10:30 am Pacific. There were approx. 40 passengers on the bus, but an exact count hasn't been achieved yet.
The bus landed down a steep hill that is covered with snow and the LaGrande Rural Fire Department had to call out rope rescue team to get all the passengers, both alive and dead, back up to the roadway. The tedious task was finally accomplished at 5:13 pm. Fire and EMS units from two counties were on the scene.
The Associated Press reported:
By 4:24 p.m. Sunday the number of confirmed fatalities had risen from five to nine.
"We are continuing to try and confirm the total number of passengers and number of injured persons transported to area hospital or secondary locations due to severity of injuries," reports Oregon State Police in a news release. "St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton confirmed 18 patients were brought to their hospital with a range of injuries. Some of those patients were transported by air to secondary hospital locations due to the severity of their injuries."
State police is reporting that the bus driver survived the crash. However, "investigators have not be able to speak to this person because of severity of injuries and medical care," OSP reports.
(By 1:30 p.m. Sunday, all of the "viable" patients involved in the accident had been removed from the scene. Shortly after 5 pm all of the fatalities were removed.) However, police still aren't sure exactly how many people were on the bus when it crashed. Oregon State Police investigators remained at the scene; Interstate-84 also remained closed 18 miles east of Pendleton, at milepost 227, and at the intersection with the Whitney Highway.
At 6:05 p.m., St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, Ore., reports that it has received 26 patients from this crash. Five of those patients were taken to a secondary hospital for treatment. The other 21 patients are still being treated there.
KOIN-TV has a good video report:
KATU-TV has some aerial footage taken from their helicopter: