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Vigil tonight at N. Seattle College for bus victims

September 30th, 2015 by Mike

A vigil to honor the five international students who died in last week’s bus accident on the Aurora bridge will be held at 6 p.m. at North Seattle College.

In a post to the community, college president Warren Brown wrote:

To honor the five students we lost and to support the students and staff still recovering from their injuries following the Aurora Bridge accident, North Seattle College and Student Leadership invite you to a vigil at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The vigil will be held in the North Seattle College courtyard and is open to the community.

The five students were the only deaths from the crash, with a Ride the Ducks vehicle. “Nine patients remained hospitalized Tuesday at Harborview Medical Center, with eight listed in satisfactory, and one in serious condition and in intensive care, a hospital spokeswoman said. Two other patients were in satisfactory condition at UW Medical Center,” according to The Seattle Times.

For more information on what the college is doing to help students and staff this week, and for a fundraiser, go to the president’s message.

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Traffic alert: Aurora bridge closed all day by fatal crash with N. Seattle College students – call for emergency blood donations

September 24th, 2015 by Mike

Update 2:45 p.m. Seattle Times reports “All four people killed in Thursday’s crash were students at North Seattle College.”

Tweet from KIRO:

SB I-5 a parking lot from Northgate to SR 520. Again horrible, deadly crash on Aurora Br. Prepare for delays.

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Update 1:58 p.m.:

Tragic bus crash triggers emergency call for blood donors

Multiple hospitals requesting additional blood components.

The tragic motor vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge this morning is making major demands on the local blood supply. Bloodworks Northwest has issued an urgent appeal to blood donors to help meet those critical needs.

“With up to 40 people with injuries, we are responding quickly to additional orders for blood components from multiple hospitals receiving people injured in the crash,” said James P. AuBuchon, MD, president and chief executive officer. “We need to meet this emergency demand and also to replenish supplies so that we can continue to meet normal patient needs.

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The Seattle Times is covering the fatal crash on the Aurora bridge here.
The bridge will apparently remain closed all day.

Kelley emails that there is a North Seattle College link: “This should get posted to the blog, as it will affect a lot of people (commute, community/students and staff). I saw students loading into the bus around 10 a.m. on my way to an appointment on Meridian. The crash happened just after 11 a.m.”

From the Times: ”

Update at 1:04 p.m.:

Forty-five students and employees from North Seattle College’s international program were traveling on the charter bus involved in the accident, said Melissa Mixon, spokeswoman for the college. Their conditions are not known at this time, she said.

Uninjured students are being brought back to campus, where the college has food and crisis counselors on hand, Mixon said.

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