CARLISLE, Pa. - A Coon Rapids woman, who was a standout lacrosse player in the Twin Cities, was among those injured in a fatal Pennsylvania bus crash Saturday.
Seton Hill freshman Amanda Michalski remains hospitalized after the bus carrying her college lacrosse team veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child and the driver.
Michalski is beloved by teammates and coaches in the Minnesota Lakers Select Girls Lacrosse club, who report that Michalski has a broken arm and lacerated liver. Her parents have flown to be with her while she recovers in the hospital.
Her Minnesota Lakers co-head coach, Anne Moelk, of Minneapolis, says Michalski will remain positive in the most difficult of times, because it's always been her way. Michalski played on the elite team for two years, and as captain, was known for her work ethic.
"The thing about Amanda, she always had a smile on her face, no matter what you were doing or talking about, she was always smiling, that was infectious for the rest of the group to be smiling, her constant level of leaderhip and level of excitement on the field," said Moelk.
Moelk says she has always thought so highly of Michalski's skills on and off the field, she wrote a letter of recommendation for Michalski, which led to her acceptance in the Physician's Assistant program as a freshman.
Michalski still wears #24 as an attack at Seton Hill, the same number she wore at Coon Rapids High School.
"I think any sports community, any community that is small like ours is, is going to come together when something like this happens," said Moelk. "We knew she was going to be okay, and that was wonderful to hear."
Michalski's high school coach, Jeff DeJoy says Michalski was on the varsity lacrosse team all four years and was a leading scorer as well as an all conference player. He says she was also a good student.
Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among 23 people aboard when the bus crashed while heading to an afternoon game at Millersville University.
Head coach Kristina Quigley, 30, of Greensburg died of her injuries at Hershey Medical Center, Cumberland County authorities said. Quigley was about six months pregnant, and her unborn son didn't survive. The bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, died at the scene.
All others aboard were taken to several area hospitals as a precaution, but hospital officials said most were treated and released.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
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