Five Georgia Southern nursing students were killed Wednesday morning in a crash on I-16 in Bryan County. Two more nursing students were injured.
There were two accidents with 7 vehicles total. According to Bryan County sheriff, Clyde Smith, the first accident occurred before 2:00 am. Around 5:30 am, emergency crews were still working that one when a tractor trailer ran into stopped traffic.
The first message from Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel:
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of a tragedy that took place this morning. Five Georgia Southern students died and two were injured in an early morning crash on I-16 eastbound near Savannah.
We are unable to release the names of these students at this time because we are awaiting notification to families.
Every one of our students contributes in no small measure, to the Eagle Nation. The loss of any student, especially in a tragic way, is particularly painful. Losing five students is almost incomprehensible.
Our hearts go out to the families, friends and classmates of these students.
The University flag will fly at half-staff Thursday in their memory. Memorial arrangements are pending.
Let me urge those particularly touched by this tragedy to avail themselves of counseling services, and I urge all members of the University community to support each other during this time.
Members of the University community may obtain support services from the Counseling Center at 912-478-5541.
Update from Georgia Southern University President Brooks Keel:
It is with great sadness that I let you know the names of the students who lost their lives in the accident earlier today following confirmation of family notification:
Emily Clark, Junior, Powder Springs, GA
Morgan Bass, Junior, Leesburg, GA
Abbie Deloach, Junior, Savannah, GA
Catherine (McKay) Pittman, Junior, Alpharetta, GA
Caitlyn Baggett, Junior, Millen, GA
Both Brittney McDaniel, Reidsville, GA and Megan Richards, Loganville, GA are currently being treated for their injuries. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Brooks A. Keel