Swim Team Bus Crash

Early morning January 24, 1992, the Notre Dame women’s swim team was returning to campus from a meet at Northwestern University.  Just a few miles from the Notre Dame exit on the Indiana Toll Road, the bus carrying the team hit a patch of ice, skidded off the road, and flipped onto its side.

Front page of the 01/27/1922 issue of The Observer
after the Women’s Swim Team bus accident

Freshmen Margaret (Meghan) Beeler and Colleen Hipp died on the scene.  Fellow freshman Haley Scott sustained a severe spinal injury, which left her temporarily paralyzed.  Most of the swimmers and staff aboard the bus also suffered injuries, though not as severe as the three freshmen.  Scott recently wrote a book, What Though the Odds, recounting the tragic accident and her long, painful recovery.  Production of a movie of Scott’s story is currently underway.

A memorial mass for Beeler and Hipp will be said at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at 8:00pm.

6 thoughts on “Swim Team Bus Crash”

  1. Very sad to see those that are into sports and on top of their game are dealt tragic experiences. I hope their families and their teammates are able to get past this point in their life and look back on the positive team experiences they once had together.

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