One of the Georgia Southern University nursing students injured in the crash that killed five of her classmates Wednesday was released from a Savannah hospital on Thursday, but a family spokesperson clarified that she was moved to another medical facility for “ongoing treatment.”
Michael Notrica, spokesman for Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Thursday morning that Loganville native Megan Richards had been treated and released from that facility. However, a spokesman for Richards’ family Thursday afternoon offered more information.
“Megan was released from the Savannah hospital earlier but she has been admitted to another hospital for ongoing treatment,” said David Oliver, who works with Richards’ mother. “She is in stable condition and is being monitored for a few days as a precaution.”
While he declined to offer specifics on Richards’ injuries or medical status, Oliver did issue a statement on behalf of her family.
“Megan and her family appreciate all the prayers, well wishes and support they’ve received,” the statement said. And, Megan and the entire Richards family sends their deepest sympathies and prayers to the families and friends of Megan’s classmates and others who were involved in the accident.”
No updates have been made available on Brittney McDaniel of Reidsville, the other Georgia Southern student who survived the crash.
Of the five young women killed in the seven-vehicle, chain-reaction pileup, two were from metro Atlanta.
Two tractor-trailers and five passenger vehicles were involved in the wreck, which happened about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday in Bryan County. The Georgia Southern students were traveling in a Toyota Corolla and a Ford Escape, and four of them died at the scene. Three others in the Escape were taken to Memorial, where the fifth student died, according to police.
Investigators believe one tractor-trailer plowed into an SUV, then rolled over a small passenger car that burst into flames. The truck came to a halt after slamming into the back of a tanker.
Emily Clark, 20, of Powder Springs, Morgan Bass, 20, of Leesburg, Abbie Deloach, 21, of Savannah, Catherine “McKay” Pittman, 21, of Alpharetta, and Caitlyn Baggett, 21, of Millen, all died.
Clark was a graduate of Harrison High School, and Pittman graduated from Milton High, according to the women’s public Facebook profiles.
A memorial put together by student leaders was scheduled for 7 p.m. on Georgia Southern’s Sweethart Circle. Flags were flying at half-staff on the Statesboro campus.