Abilene Christian Bus Crash
November 5, 2011 by staff
Abilene Christian Bus Crash, A Abilene Christian University bus left the road and rolled over Texas, killing a student, ejecting several passengers and seriously injuring four others aboard, authorities said.
The bus was carrying 12 students from agricultural studies, three faculty members and the wife of a member of the faculty of Abilene to Medina, where they will spend the weekend, school spokesman Grant Rampy said, reports the Associated Press.
“These were the students of our department of agriculture, in the direction of an annual service project to help a children’s home in the city,” he told The Associated Press.
Conductor Michael Nicodemus, a faculty member 34 years of age, the vehicle lost control, hit a concrete culvert and overturned, ejecting several passengers, the Department of Public Safety said.
Anabel Reid, a student at age 19, St. Petersburg, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was among 23 science ACU commanders agriculture and environment that made the annual trip to the Medina Children’s Home.
Other passengers on the bus were taken to one of four area hospitals. Four of the injured were in critical condition, said Rampy, according to The Associated Press.
Dorshorst Allison, 18, of Colleyville, was in stable condition, while a spokesman for Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, said Naomi Cruz, 19, of Richmond, and Tiffany Lutz, 21, Zelienople, Pa., were in a state critical, while gold Ford, 19, of Maple Valley, Washington, was in good condition, officials of the Community Hospital in San Angelo, said.
Several hundred students and teachers gathered for a prayer vigil on campus Friday night.
“You can imagine the shock and pain,” said Jean-Noel Thompson Dean, after meeting with the Reid family, reports the Associated Press.
ACU officials, including the university president, Phil Schubert, spread to the four hospitals to be with family worried, Rampy said.
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