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Utah State University is in mourning today after eight students and one instructor died in a 15-passenger van accident Monday, Sept. 26. Two students remain in critical condition.

The students and their instructor were returning from an agricultural field trip near Tremonton, Utah, on I-84 when police say the van’s left rear tire blew out causing the vehicle to skid out of control and roll.

Those who died in the accident are: Steven D. Bair, 24, Moses Lake, Wash; Dustin Dan Fuhriman, 22, Tremonton, Utah; Justin W. Gunnell, 24, Providence, Utah; Justin Huggins, 22, Bear River City, Utah; Jonathan Dennis Jorgensen, 22, Hyrum, Utah; Curt A. Madsen, 23, Payson, Utah; Ryan Wayne McEntire, 22, West Point, Utah; and Bradley G. Wilcox, 26, Salt Lake City, Utah. Instructor Evan Parel Parker, 45, Hooper, Utah, also died in accident. Most of the students were studying in the College of Agriculture.

USU students Jared Paul Nelson, 22, of Logan and Robert Petersen of Elwood, Utah, remain in critical condition in Ogden hospitals.

“This is a great tragedy for the university and for the families involved,” said Utah State University President Stan L. Albrecht. “We send them our love and support. The university will do everything it can to be helpful and supportive during this tremendous time of need.”

USU’s College of Agriculture is saddened by the accident at a time of celebration for the college. Ag Week festivities began Monday, Sept. 26 and were to end on Saturday, Oct. 1.

In light of the tragedy flags on campus will fly at half-staff and a candlelight vigil has been planned on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. on the Taggart Student Center Plaza (or inside of TSC in case of inclement weather). Cody Bingham, the College of Agriculture senator, will conduct the vigil where President Albrecht will give remarks. White ribbons will be distributed during the vigil as a symbol of hope for those students who are struggling to survive and to remember those who were killed. A memorial fund will be established in the student’s memories and donations will be accepted throughout the week. The vigil is open to all and everyone is invited.

Other College of Ag Week festivities have been mostly cancelled. Wednesday’s Ag Day on the Quad will be held from 10:30 am-1:30 pm and provide opportunities for students to write condolence messages to families and friends of the victims. University grief counselors at the TSC auditorium to provide comfort for the campus community.

“The College of Agriculture is a close group,” said Noelle Cockett, interim provost and former dean of the college. “This is very difficult for all of us and our hearts go out to the families.”
 

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Update: 9th USU victim in van crash dies
By Nate Carlisle
The Salt Lake Tribune

Another Utah State University student has died as a result of a Monday van crash in Box Elder County.
Justin Huggins, 22, became the ninth person to die from the crash. He died overnight at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, according
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Eight people died on Monday, according to USU: the instructor who was driving, Evan P. Parker, 45, of Hooper along with students Steven D. Bair, 24, of Moses Lake, Wash.; Curt A. Madsen, 23, of Payson; Ryan W. McEntire, 22, of West Point; Bradley G. Wilcox, 26, of Salt Lake City; Justin W. Gunnell, 24, of Wellsville; Dusty D. Fuhriman, 22, of Tremonton; and Jonathan D. Jorgensen, 22, of Hyrum . The students were studying in the College of Agriculture.
The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. on Interstate 84 about seven miles west of Tremonton. The van blew a tire and rolled four times down an embankment.
The two men who survived the crash, Robert H. Petersen, 22, of Tremonton, and Jared P. Nelson, 22, of Provo, were in critical condition in Ogden hospitals on Tuesday morning.
 

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Tragedy for sure but really off color to post their names here V_Key :x
 

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That was sad.
I don't think it was off color posting the article though. It is public knowledge, correct?
 

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