Faculty and friends react to victim's death in I-16 crash

Faculty and friends react to victim's death in I-16 crash

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - "It's a tragedy, she was a sweet young lady and sweet spirit."

The Lee County High School Pricipal remembers a former student killed in a horrible crash in southeast Georgia.

Five Georgia Southern University nursing students were killed in a crash on I-16 Wednesday on their way to a Savannah hospital for their final day of a clinical rotation.

Lee County High School Principal, Kevin Dowling said the world has suffered a great loss Wednesday and that his former student Morgan Bass will be greatly missed.

Tragedy struck on I-16 Wednesday morning as this seven vehicle pileup claimed the lives of five Georgia Southern University nursing students.

" I mean it was bad, I've never witnessed something like that before in my life," said Cayne Monroe, driver.

Two other students were injured as helicopters landed rushing them to the hospital. One of the victims killed in the crash was Morgan Bass a 2012 graduate of Lee County High School.

" Our condolences go out to all of the families, but you know Morgan's family especially. She was a really good kid," said Kevin Dowling, principal

Bass excelled in the classroom and was involved in several extracurricular activities.

" She was a cheerleader her senior year for Football. She was a leader in our FCCLA. She went and helped the little kids sometimes at the lower school," said Kevin Dowling.

It was the nursing student's last day of clinical rotations in their first year of nursing school.

" They're just about done, it's supposed to be a happy time and suddenly you have a tragedy like this and one of our former students is right in the middle of it," continued Kevin Dowling.

The news shocked Georgia Southern students.

"Information started to trickle down from groups of friends on who's been talking to who and who we haven't heard from, and then we all got really nervous because we're a family,” said Holly Allen, victims' friend.

School officials said they are overwhelmed with grief.

“These were student leaders. These were members of student organizations. These were dedicated students in the school of nursing. So there are many many members of our community who are hurting today," said Patrice Jackson, GSU Dean of Students.

The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the crash.

You can read a message from the Georgia Southern Univeristy President here.

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