Two women who were injured in a March crash that killed their lacrosse coach at Seton Hill University have filed lawsuits against the company that owned the bus their team was traveling on.
"This event is of the kind that does not ordinarily occur in the absence of negligence," state the lawsuits filed by Kline & Specter in Philadelphia.
Siiri Mason of Oxford, Mich., and Abigail Shaughness of New Windsor, Md., both had concussions and other injuries in the crash. They're seeking compensation from Mlaker Transportation Inc. for their care.
Representatives from the Davidsville, Pa., transportation company did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday night.
"We have a significant public health issue with the operation of buses in this country," attorney Shanin Specter said.
The tour bus carrying the Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team to a game veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on March 16 and crashed into a tree, killing the driver and the pregnant head coach.
Twenty-three people, including the bus driver, players and coaches, were aboard when the eastbound bus crashed about 9 a.m. near Mile Marker 227 in Carlisle. Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg was flown by helicopter to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where she died. She was six months pregnant and her unborn son did not survive.
The driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene. State police said he was unconscious during the crash and may have suffered a heart attack or stroke, but was too badly injured to say for sure. Tests showed no signs of drugs or alcohol. Authorities found no skid marks or evidence he tried to brake.
Lexi Belculfine: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Associated Press contributed.