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URGENT Bus Carrying Notre Dame Women’s Swim Team Crashes, Two Killed

January 24, 1992

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ A bus carrying Notre Dame’s women’s swim team crashed in a blinding snow storm early Friday, killing two people and injuring others, police said.

″The bus hit an area of heavy snow and lost control about a mile west of (the) South Bend exit,″ said state police Cpl. Dennis Boehler. ″The bus rolled over into the median, rolled over onto its top.″

Several people were pinned in the wreckage for a short time, said Larry Hite, a state police trooper.

The bus carried 36 people, said Kay Zehring, the night supervisor at Memorial Hospital. She refused to say how many were treated at Memorial, or give their conditions.

Two people were killed and an undetermined number were injured, Boehler said.

″We have one serious back injury. The others are recoverable injuries,″ said Dick Rosenthal, the university’s athletic director.

He refused to say if students were among the dead or to discuss the injured.

Rose Pieterzak, Women’s Sports Information Director at Notre Dame, estimated there were about 30 swimmers on the bus.

Two people were hospitalized in stable condition at St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka. Injured also were taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in South Bend, but a spokeswoman there refused to release any information.

The accident occurred at 12:17 a.m. near the north edge of South Bend as the team returned from a meet at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The bus was eastbound on the Indiana Toll Road, a major highway.

A snow advisory continued in the area early Friday. The National Weather Service warned of blowing and drifting snow, with accumulations of up to 6 inches.

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