UPDATE: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Two people are dead and several others are seriously injured after a tour bus carrying a Pennsylvania university's women's lacrosse team went off a freeway and crashed into a tree this morning, authorities said.
Twenty-three Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. lacrosse players and three coaches were traveling eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Lancaster, Pa. when the bus crashed around 9 a.m, Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colburn said.
The driver of the bus and one of the passengers are confirmed to be dead. Fourteen onboard were transported to hospitals with injuries, and three needed to be airlifted by helicopter.
ABC affiliate WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., reported that several of the lacrosse players have already been discharged from local hospitals with minor injuries.
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 on their way to game against Millersville University, about 50 miles away 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.