Flags flew at half-staff Thursday morning at Georgia Southern University, where students, faculty and staff planned to remember five nursing students killed Wednesday morning in a seven-vehicle pileup on I-16.
Two of those killed in the fiery pileup in Bryan County were from metro Atlanta – Emily Clark, 20, of Powder Springs and Catherine “McKay” Pittman, 21, of Alpharetta. Clark was a 2012 graduate of Harrison High School, while Pittman graduated from Milton High School.
Also killed in the wreck were Caitlyn N. Baggett, 21, of Millen, Abbie L. Deloach, 21, of Savannah and Morgan J. Bass, 20, of Leesburg.
All five were juniors on their way to a Savannah hospital for their final rotation of clinicals when the two vehicles they were riding in were involved in the pileup.
Two other nursing students, Megan Richards of Loganville and Brittney McDaniel of Reidsville, were injured in the crash, and were taken to a Savannah hospital for treatment. A spokesman for Memorial University Medical Center told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Thursday morning that Richards had been treated and released. He had no information on McDaniel’s condition.
A memorial put together by student leaders was scheduled for 7 p.m. on the Statesboro campus’ Sweethart Circle.