3 Columbia U Students Killed on Mission in Honduras

January 14, 2016

Three students were killed and others injured when a bus carrying members of a Columbia University volunteer group crashed on a humanitarian mission in Honduras Wednesday, according to news reports and a statement from Columbia's president, Lee Bollinger.

The students were part of Columbia's chapter of Global Brigades, which promotes health and holistic development in underresourced parts of the world. Two of the women, Olivia Erhardt and Daniella Moffson, were traditional-aged undergraduates at Columbia and Barnard College; the third, Abigail Flanagan, was a nurse practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center who was also enrolled in Columbia's General Studies program for adults. Other students and alumni were injured in the accident, in which the bus went off the road and fell roughly 80 feet into a gully, according to NBC News.

“This terrible and tragic loss is all the greater because these individuals were dedicating their passion and very special talents to serving those in need,” Bollinger said in a statement. “No endeavor more proudly exemplifies the traditions and values of our university.”

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