Search For Answers Continue In Bluffton Bus Crash

Published: Monday, March 05, 2007 @ 3:18 PM
Updated: Monday, March 05, 2007 @ 4:24 PM

Federal investigators are still searching for answers in the fatal bus crash that involved members of the Bluffton University baseball team.

Authorities said there have been more than 80 crashes at the exit ramp where the crash happened. It's uncommon left-hand exit ramp off Interstate 75 does not have any signs telling motorists that a dead end is ahead.

Investigators said the bus went down the ramp at highway speed, slammed through a concrete barrier and fell onto I-75 30 feet below.

Four players, the bus driver and his wife were killed. Authorities said eight others are in local hospitals in critical or serious condition.

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At the high school where one of the players killed had graduated, students are getting help coping with the tragedy.

Cody Holp graduated from Tri-County North High School in Lewisburg.

More than a half-dozen counselors and pastors were brought into the school on Monday to help students cope with the loss of a former classmate.

Superintendent Bill Derringer said Holp’s death has made the atmosphere somber at the school.

Tri-County North will dismiss classes at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday so students can attend Holp’s funeral. The service is to begin at 1 p.m. at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church.