ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The families of three of five nursing students killed in a crash almost a year ago have agreed to settle their wrongful death lawsuits against a trucking company.
Leesburg's Morgan Bass was one of the Georgia Southern students killed on I-16 last April 22nd while on their way to a hospital in Savannah. Her family did not settle with Total Transportation, which employed the driver who slammed into the girls' car.
Hundreds of people gathered in Americus last year for the funeral of Bass, who graduated from Lee County High School in 2012.
In January 2016, the Georgia State Capitol hosted a memorial service for the former Georgia Southern students. Governor Nathan Deal held back tears as he spoke about Emily Clark, Abbie Deloach, Morgan Bass, Caitlyn Baggett and Catherine Pittman. Nursing students from across Georgia also attended the service to show their support.
The attorney for one of the families who did settle hopes the case serves as a wake-up call for trucking companies to improve safety.
The attorney for another family says their settlement totals $14 million.