Tragedy Strikes USU
Utah State University van, caring 11 passengers, rolled on highway 84 yesterday around 4 PM. The van was returning from a agriculture field trip when, it is suspected, there were mechanical problems causing the van to roll multiple times; killing at least 4 individuals. The driver, Evan Parker, along with students Steven Bair, Curt Madsen and Brad Wilcox were all pronounced dead at the scene. Robert Petersen and Jared Nelson have both been taken to Ogden Regional Hospital.
Eye witness Kyle Holden, who was traveling with the group in a separate vehicle, said, "I noticed smoke and knew there was something wrong." Holden suspected that there were issues with tire causing the van to swerve then catch in the gravel causing the accident. Lieutenant Jason Jensen also suspects mechanical issues were the base of this crash, he also suspects excessive speed.
University Dean of Agriculture Noel Cockett reported that, "this couldn’t have happened at a worse time, during Ag Week, doing the thing they love, here at an agriculture school." She said that the remainders of the week’s activities are being postponed and that it is a time of memorial for the school. There will be a memorial for the students later this week.