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Bus crash

Students hurt in bus crash, injuries not life threatening


10:11 a.m., Oct. 11, 2013--A bus carrying approximately 40 University of Delaware students was struck by a tractor trailer at around 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, on Summit Bridge Road in Bear, Del.

Several students, who are members of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority at UD, were injured and more than 30 were taken to area medical centers. None of the injuries are considered to be life threatening, and most students were treated and released; five students were still hospitalized at 9 a.m., Friday morning. 

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“The thoughts and prayers of the entire University community this morning are with the students who were injured,” said Dawn Thompson, interim vice president of student life. “We are grateful that none of the injuries were life threatening and thankful to the police, emergency personnel and others who responded to help our students.”

According to Delaware State Police, the bus carrying the students was making a left turn from Summit Bridge Road onto Howell School Road when it was struck by a tractor trailer that failed to stop for a red light.  After being struck, the bus overturned. 

The students were on their way to an off-campus event at Aqua Sol when the accident occurred. The private bus is owned and operated by First Student Bus Company. Students often hire private buses to attend off-campus events. 

UD students in need of support or assistance are encouraged to contact the Center for Counseling and Student Development at 302-831-2141. Also, the staff in the Office of the Dean of Students is available to meet with any student who wishes to talk. Call 302-831-8939 to schedule an appointment or stop by 101 Hullihen Hall.

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