According to the authority reports, a tour bus carrying a college’s women’s lacrosse team to a game went off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday.
Turnpike spokesperson Bill Capone says the bus driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Three people were also flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center where a second person died.
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.
Megan Silverstram of the Cumberland County public safety department says the crash in the eastbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was reported just before 9 a.m. Saturday, about 1 mile past the Carlisle interchange.
Silverstram says it’s unclear how many people were aboard, where the bus came from or where it was going.
The bus operator, Mlaker Charter & Tours, of Davidsville, Pa., sent investigators to the scene, company dispatcher Kelly Hay said. The company had no information yet from the investigators and could not comment, she said.
Colborn said that the bus driver and one passenger died and 14 passengers were hospitalized, some with serious injuries, says the USA Today.
Three of the injured were flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where one person 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.
Photo from the scene shows the bus upright on the side of the road, part of its left side shorn off, though it’s not clear whether that was from impact or emergency workers attempting to reach people inside the bus. At least one person was wheeled away in a stretcher.
The bus came to a stop upright on the side of the road with part of its left side shorn off, photos from the scene showed, though it’s unclear whether that was from the impact or rescue operation, reports the Washington Post.
State police were investigating the crash, said Megan Silverstram of the Cumberland County public safety department, and state environmental officials were also sent to the scene because of a diesel fuel spill from the bus.
However, it is still unclear what caused the accident.
Seton Hill University is a Catholic school of about 2,500 students, located near Pittsburgh. The team was to play at Millersville University, outside Lancaster, Pa., on Saturday.
Another bus carrying college lacrosse players from a Vermont team was hit Tuesday by a sports car that spun out of control on a wet highway in upstate New York, sending the bus toppling onto its side, police said. One person in the car died.
And last month, a bus carrying 42 high school students from the Philadelphia area and their chaperones slammed into an overpass in Boston, injuring 35. Authorities said the driver had directed the bus onto a road with a height limit.