WALTHAM, Mass. (VFAB) — A college student died while more than two dozen other passengers and the driver were injured when a bus returning from a hockey game struck a tree in suburban Boston, authorities said.
The preliminary investigation suggests the bus was returning to Brandeis University from a hockey game at Northeastern University in Boston at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when it crashed in Waltham not far from the Brandeis campus, according to a statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Waltham police Chief Kevin O’Connell.
One student died at the scene.
She was identified Sunday afternoon by the university as Vanessa Mark, who was an undergraduate. She was 25 and currently on leave from the school.
“Vanessa was an active and cherished member of the Brandeis community,” according to an email sent by school spokesperson Julie Jette.
The university, which has about 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students, canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday.
“This will enable some students to return to family and friends sooner than the normal holiday schedule would have allowed,” the university’s statement said.
Brandeis said grief counselors were available at the university’s counseling center and would remain available for students who stay on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The remaining 26 passengers and the bus driver “sustained injuries of varying degrees” and were taken to area hospitals, authorities said. Brandeis in a statement Sunday afternoon said nearly all had been released.
No other names were made public and no one has been charged.
Video and images from the scene showed a bus with heavy front end damage and almost every window smashed. A debris field remained at the site of the crash hours later.
The crash remains under investigation and police are asking witnesses to come forward.