A bus transporting Hiram College’s baseball team was involved in a fatal crash Saturday afternoon along Interstate 75 in Pasco County, Fla. However, no one on the team bus was injured, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
The team is in Florida this week for a series of spring break ball games.
According to Sgt. Steve Gaskins of the Florida patrol, the southbound Pioneer charter tour bus did not slow down to merge into traffic about 12:30 p.m. The bus struck the rear end of a Lexus RX-350 SUV driven by an 81-year-old Mount Pleasant, S.C., woman who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another woman, 59, who was a passenger in the SUV, is in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries at a Tampa Bay area hospital, Gaskins said.
Identities of the two women were not available, but Gaskins said they were mother and daughter.
The report states that the Lexus then rammed into another vehicle, a Hyundai driven by Amy Chadek of Ocala, Fla., who was also seriously injured.
The bus was transporting 38 people including players, coaches and team support personnel, Gaskins said. It was not known if the bus driver, Shirley Jackson, 69, of West Salem, will be charged as the crash remains under investigation, Gaskins said.
The crash closed the southbound lane of the busy interstate north of the Tampa Bay area until about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the report says.
The Hiram baseball team was still expected to play its game scheduled for Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Hiram team involved in fatal crash