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Police investigate bus crash that killed coach, driver

GREENSBURG, Pa. — Police are investigating what caused a bus carrying a college women’s lacrosse team to veer off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crash into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child, and the driver.

Players and coaches from Seton Hill University, near Pittsburgh, were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed Saturday morning. The team was headed to an afternoon game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site in central Pennsylvania.

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Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, died of her injuries at a hospital, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant and her unborn son did not survive. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene.

Two victims flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center remained there Sunday, and no information was released about their identities or conditions. A woman injured in the crash was discharged Sunday afternoon from another hospital. All others aboard the bus were taken to hospitals as a precaution, but almost all were treated and released.

Police could not immediately say what had caused the crash. The front side of the bus, which was towed from the scene Saturday night, was shorn away, and the vehicle came to rest upright about 70 yards from the highway at the bottom of a grassy slope.

Both Saturday’s game and a Sunday home game were canceled after the crash, and Seton Hill, a Catholic liberal arts school of about 2,500 students, said a memorial Mass was planned for Sunday night. The school is also offering grief counseling to students.

Before the beginning of a Seton Hill baseball game Sunday, team members and fans observed a minute of silence for the victims, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Mourners also visited a tribute set up in front of a lacrosse net next to the baseball field that featured bouquets of flowers, stuffed animals, a lacrosse stick, a whistle, and a candle that was set in front of a team photo and signs reading ‘‘In memoriam — Kristina Quigley — Forever a Griffin.’’

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 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.

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