Emergency and rescue crews respond to the scene of a tour bus crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Saturday, March 16, 2013 near Carlisle, Pa. Authorities say the tour bus crashed on the freeway at mile marker 227 in central Pennsylvania, and serious injuries have been reported. 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. She says there are reports of multiple injuries, including that some are serious. (AP Photo/The Sentinel, Jason Malmont ) MANDATORY CREDIT
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A tour bus carrying a college’s women’s lacrosse team to a game went off a freeway Saturday in central Pennsylvania and crashed into a tree, killing the driver and sending 14 to hospitals, including some with serious injuries, authorities said.
Twenty-three Seton Hill lacrosse players and three coaches were aboard when the bus crashed at about 9 a.m. on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colborn said. It’s not clear what caused the crash.
Three of the injured were flown to a hospital by helicopter, and officials said the others were taken to other hospitals as a precaution. There were no immediate details on the conditions of those injured.
Photos from the scene showed the bus upright on the side of the road, part of its left side shorn off, though it’s unclear whether that was from the impact or rescue operation.
Seton Hill is a Catholic school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh. The team was to play Saturday afternoon at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash site.
State police were investigating the crash, Megan Silverstram of the Cumberland County public safety department said, and state environmental officials were also sent to the scene because of a diesel fuel spill from the bus.