Emily Clark, Abbie Deloach, Morgan Bass, Caitlyn Baggett and McKay Pittman (Handout)

Georgia bridge renamed in memory of 5 Georgia Southern nursing students

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a resolution this week to dedicate a Georgia bridge in memory of five Georgia Southern University nursing students killed in a 2015 crash.

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The I-16 bridge in Bryan County is now the Georgia Southern Nursing Angels Memorial Bridge in remembrance of Caitlyn Baggett, Morgan Bass, Emily Clark, Abbie DeLoach and Catherine McKay Pittman. 

The Abbie Deloach Foundation, inspired by the nursing student’s commitment to serve others, shared a photo of the signing Tuesday.

The five young women were killed in an early morning crash in April 2015 after a tractor-trailer failed to stop as traffic slowed ahead of it. According to a previous AJC report, the truck slammed into a line of vehicles, including two tractor-trailers and five passenger cars. Two other nursing students—Brittney McDaniel and Megan Richards—were injured.

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“Every one of our students contributes in no small measure, to the Eagle Nation,” Georgia Southern president Brooks Keel wrote in a letter following the crash. “The loss of any student, especially in a tragic way, is particularly painful. Losing five students is almost incomprehensible. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and classmates of these students.”

Read more about the victims at AJC.com.

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