Nightly News   |  March 16, 2013

2 dead after bus carrying lacrosse team crashes

A tour bus carrying a women’s college lacrosse team careened off a Pennsylvania freeway on Saturday, killing two people, including the team’s pregnant head coach. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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>>> on a highway in pennsylvania today, a charter bus carrying a women's college sports team veered off the road and crashed into a tree killing two people on board and leaving a community in deep shock. nbc's michelle franzen has more on that tonight.

>> reporter: the first images of a mangled charter bus after it crashed saturday morning along the pennsylvania turnpike , 20 miles outside harrisburg. on-scene, rescue crews scrambled to help victims on board. 23 women lacrosse players and three so muches from seton hill , a private catholic university in pennsylvania. the team was on its way to play an ncaa division ii match when police say the bus veered off the road, plowed through a guardrail, and slammed into a tree. the bus driver died at the scene. and seton hill officials released a statement mourning the loss of the team's head coach, 30-year-old christina quigley, who died shortly after at a hospital. they confirmed she was pregnant and her unborn baby boy died as a result of the crash as well. police say three passengers were seriously injured. 19 others were treated for minor injuries at nearby hospitals. the charter bus is owned and operated by mlaker transportation. the company says it's cooperating with police and the university and offered its sorrow and sympathy to those impacted by this accident. this is the latest in a series of bus crashes around the country involving various tour bus companies. in the past three months alone, major incidents in los angeles , miami, and oregon. last summer, congressman dated tougher safety requirements including adding seat belts, set to be phased in during the next five years.

>> these requirements are essential. and they should have been on buses long ago. they have been on cars for years.

>> reporter: police say they'll look at road conditions in today's crash and talk with witnesses to determine the exact cause. meanwhile, seton hill will hold a memorial mass for quigley tomorrow night. she is survived by her husband and young son. michelle franzen , nbc news, new york.