One Student Dead, Three Injured in Canning Trip Crash
A Penn State student has died after an accident in Bradford County overnight involving four students en route to Buffalo, New York for a canning trip on the second canning weekend aimed at raising money for THON.
Courtney O’ Bryan, an 18-year old freshmen from Huntington, New York, passed away as a result from injuries from the accident, which occurred when the car encountered a patch of black ice, and flipped over, according to Penn State Live.
“This is devastating news. We are all tremendously saddened to learn of the death of a student and deeply concerned for those who knew Courtney,” said Joe Puzycki, assistant vice president for Student Affairs. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends. We are reaching out to the parents of these students and all of the student body at this time. We’re urging students to take the utmost caution in their travels for any purpose.”
The extent of the other passengers injuries are unknown, but O’Bryan, a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority, was a passenger in the vehicle, according to reports.
THON released a statement this morning via Public Relations Overall Kirsten Quisenberry: “THON is deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts go out to the friends and family of Courtney O’Bryan.”
Counseling is available through the university’s CAPS program, and students who are in need of counseling can contact CAPS or attend counseling sessions. More information on location and availability will be released later today. The CANHELP crisis line at 800-643-5432 also is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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