Brandeis identifies student killed in bus crash that injured 27 others

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Officials are citing the Brandeis University student who died in a shuttle bus accident that injured 27 other people, the vast majority of whom are fellow Brandeis students. identified the victim who died as 25-year-old college student Vanessa Mark. “While Vanessa was currently on leave, she lived in Waltham and was an active and beloved member of the Brandeis community,” Liebowitz said in his statement. “We have been in contact with Vanessa’s family and will continue to be in contact with them in the coming days, and we will keep you updated on ways in which we will honor Vanessa’s memory.” A statement from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said the bus was returning 27 Brandeis students to the campus of a hockey game at Northeastern University on Saturday when the vehicle crashed into a tree on the 800 block of South Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. Authorities said Mark was pronounced dead at the scene and the remaining 26 students, along with the bus driver, were transported to area hospitals with various injuries. Aside from Mark, the Attorney General’s Office and Waltham Police Department are not identifying any of the individuals involved. A Brandeis University spokesperson told NewsCenter 5 that three people involved in the accident were still hospitalized on Sunday night. The university confirmed to 5 Investigates that the bus was contracted by Brandeis and is owned by Joseph’s Transportation, of Medford. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Joseph’s Transportation has a “satisfactory” safety rating — the highest rating given. Joseph’s Transportation was also involved in only one accident involving an injury in the past two years, according to federal records. The FMCSA notes that reported crashes only indicate the motor carrier’s involvement in reportable crashes, without any determination of responsibility. Joseph’s Transportation has yet to respond to several calls and emails from NewsCenter 5 Sunday evening. The heavily damaged Joseph’s Transportation bus was towed from the scene of the accident early Sunday morning. Ray Shung, a senior student at Brandeis, said friends of his were on the bus who were involved in the accident and they told him the driver was speeding. was way over the speed limit before this accident happened,” Shung said. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Waltham Police, the Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Reconstruction Section. No charges have been filed in connection with the crash at this time. “What makes it even more difficult to absorb such painful news is the fact that we all have a lot of unanswered questions right now,” said Liebowitz. “We have been working with the Waltham Police Department as the accident is investigated and will remain in close contact with the department. Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, and we are committed to learning all about how this happened. University leaders will continue to share information as we learn more.” Brandeis officials said the university will provide 24/7 counseling services to students at 781-736-3730. The university’s counseling center was open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and grief counselors were available to students. The university has canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday, effectively extending the Thanksgiving holiday break that was scheduled to begin Wednesday and last through Friday. “This allows some students to return to family and friends sooner than the normal vacation schedule would have allowed,” Liebowitz explained. Brandeis students who stay on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday will have additional opportunities to come together and gain support from the university.

Officials are citing the Brandeis University student who died in a shuttle bus accident that injured 27 other people, the vast majority of whom are fellow Brandeis students.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, Ron Liebowitz, president of Brandeis University, said Waltham police identified the victim as 25-year-old student Vanessa Mark.

“While Vanessa was currently on leave, she lived in Waltham and was an active and beloved member of the Brandeis community,” Liebowitz said in his statement. “We have been in contact with Vanessa’s family and will continue to be in contact with them in the coming days, and we will update you on ways in which we will honor Vanessa’s memory.”

A statement from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said the bus was returning 27 Brandeis students to the campus of a Northeastern University hockey game on Saturday when the vehicle crashed into a tree on the 800 block of South Street shortly after 10:30 p.m.

Authorities said Mark was pronounced dead at the scene and the remaining 26 students, along with the bus driver, were transported to area hospitals with various injuries. Aside from Mark, the Attorney General’s Office and the Waltham Police Department do not identify any of the individuals involved.

A Brandeis University spokesperson told NewsCenter 5 that three people involved in the crash are still hospitalized as of Sunday night.

The university confirmed to 5 Investigates that the bus was contracted by Brandeis and owned by Joseph’s Transportation of Medford.

According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Joseph’s Transportation has a “satisfactory” safety rating — the highest rating given.

Joseph’s Transportation was also involved in only one accident involving an injury in the past two years, according to federal records. The FMCSA notes that the reported accidents only indicate the motor vehicle’s involvement in reportable accidents, without any determination of responsibility.

Joseph’s Transportation is yet to respond to several calls and emails from NewsCenter 5 Sunday night.

The badly damaged Joseph’s Transportation bus was towed from the scene of the accident early Sunday morning.

Ray Shung, a senior student at Brandeis, said friends of his were on the bus who were involved in the accident and they told him the driver was speeding.

“The bus was very fast, was way above the speed limit before this accident happened,” Shung said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Waltham Police, the Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Crash Reconstruction Section. No charges have been filed in connection with the crash at this time.

“What makes it even more difficult to process such painful news is the fact that we all have a lot of unanswered questions right now,” said Liebowitz. “We have been working with the Waltham Police Department as the accident is investigated and will remain in close contact with the department. Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, and we are committed to learning all about how this happened. University leaders will keep sharing information as we learn more.”

Brandeis officials said the university will provide 24/7 counseling services to students at 781-736-3730. The university’s counseling center was open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, and grief counselors were available to students.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, Liebowitz and a handful of other individuals held a short community engagement meeting in the campus center.

Brandeis University hosted a community engagement meeting at its campus center on Nov. 1.  20, 2022, the morning after a shuttle bus x20; student dead and dozens of other students injured.

Brandeis University

Brandeis University hosted a community engagement meeting in the campus center on November 20, 2022, the morning after a shuttle bus crash killed a student and injured dozens of other students.

The university canceled classes on Monday and Tuesday, effectively extending the Thanksgiving holiday break that was scheduled to begin Wednesday and last through Friday.

“This allows some students to return to family and friends sooner than the normal vacation schedule would have allowed,” said Liebowitz.

Brandeis students who stay on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday will have additional opportunities to come together and gain support from the university.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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