TODAY   |  March 17, 2013

Pregnant coach among dead in lacrosse bus crash

Students and faculty at Seton Hill University are mourning the loss of Kristina Quigley, the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team. The expectant mom died, along with her unborn baby, in a bus crash Saturday. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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>>> to figure out why a bus carrying a college women's lacrosse team ran off the road and crashed in pennsylvania on saturday. the team's pregnant head coach, her unborn baby , and the driver all died. michelle franzen is here now with the latest. michelle?

>> lester, it was christina quigley 's second season. she was nearly seven months pregnant, traveling with her team to play a big game when tragedy struck. holding back tears, seton hill university officials spoke out for the first time following the deadly bus crash that claimed the woman's lacrosse coach, who was also pregnant.

>> we're mourning the loss of our head women's lacrosse coach, kristina quigley , and her unborn son. the university extends its deep eth sympathy to kristina's family and her husband.

>> reporter: they were on their way to a game saturday morning at millersville university . police say the bus veered off the pennsylvania turnpike near harrisburg and slammed into a tree. the bus driver died at the scene. 30-year-old quigley and her unborn baby died in a nearby hospital. the tragic news hit home on this close-knit campus.

>> tears came to my eyes.

>> reporter: 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. in a statement, 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. last summer, congress passed tougher safety measures, including adding seat belts, changes that will be phased in over the next five years. police say they'll look at road conditions and talk with witnesses to determine the exact cause of this crash. seton hill will hold a memorial mass for quigley tonight. she is survived by her husband and young son