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Tragic accident devastates university south of Findlay

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A tragic traffic accident has killed four baseball players from Bluffton University, which is just 18 miles southwest of Findlay, Ohio.

The baseball players were traveling to Sarasota, Fla., to begin their season when the tour bus the team was traveling in failed to navigate a turn on an exit ramp and flipped over a railing on to I-75 in Atlanta. The driver of the bus and his wife also were killed.

The accident has shaken the rural community, which is about an hour south of Toledo. To get a sense of the devastation felt by the Bluffton University community, link to the Toledo Blade’s online edition, which has numerous stories about the accident. Here’s just a small sampling of the newspaper’s coverage:

Amid the heartbreaking loss of four of its own, the rolling campus of Bluffton University was strangely at peace yesterday.

As more than 1,000 students, faculty, and community members filed into Burcky Gym for a campus meeting and prayer service, the silence was deafening.

They waited and they prayed and they listened for news that perhaps the morning bus crash involving the school’s baseball team wasn’t as bad as they’d feared. They gathered silently and hopefully around television screens as news of the crash was broadcast from Atlanta.

But by late afternoon, it was official: Bluffton students Tyler Williams, David Betts, Scott Harmon, and Cody Holp had died from their injuries. Seven others were seriously hurt. The bus driver and his wife, Jerome and Jean Niemeyer of nearby Columbus Grove, also were killed in the crash.

Whether students knew the victims personally or just saw them around campus, it was a devastating loss.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones in this terrible accident.