funeralFive lives gone too soon. Today, Georgia Southern is mourning the loss of five nursing students killed in a tragic car accident. Two other students were also injured in the crash. All seven young women were nursing students.

The crash happened early Wednesday morning on I-16 eastbound, just west of Savannah. Georgia State Patrol are still investigating why a tractor-trailer did not slow down, and smashed into traffic which was at a standstill.  Authorities say a total of seven vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash 20 miles west of Savannah.

All five nursing students were in the car, which burst into flames after being crushed. Police say four of the students died at the scene. Another student was taken to the hospital where she later died. Three of the victims killed in the crash were members of sororities.

 “You don’t wake up expecting something like this to happen,” said the President of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

This tragedy has impacted lives across the campus and region, including people who didn’t know the deceased. The five victims, all women, all Georgia residents and all in their junior year at Georgia Southern. They are remembered by fellow nursing students as leaders, with giving hearts. “No matter what semester we’re in in the program, we all travel that same road. We had multiple mornings. Reality kind of hit home that it could have been us.”

Our Deepest Condolences

Support services from the Counseling Center are being offered to members of the university community.

The University flag will fly at half-staff today in their memory. A vigil will be held in honor of the victims tonight at 7 p.m. on Sweetheart Circle at Georgia Southern. Memorial arrangements are pending.

The Eichholz Law Firm sends our deepest condolences to family, friends and acquaintances affected by this tragedy.