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3 Students Die In Car Crash On-Campus

3 Students Die In Car Crash On-Campus

Authorities believe speed was factor in single vehicle accident that killed three students and injured one on the campus of Sam Houston State University.

The fatal accident happened Saturday about 5:00am in the 1900 block of Avenue I at Bowers Boulevard in Huntsville, about 70 miles north of Houston. 

According to University police, the car was speeding when the vehicle went out of control, jumped a curb, hit a light pole, and crashed into the campus Academic IV building before finally stopping. 

Three of the victims who died were identified as 19-year-old Blanca Espinal of Houston, 22-year-old Eric Torres of San Juan, and 20-year-old Alfonso Mata of Brownsville.  Mata was recently identified as the third deceased victim after Sam Houston State University officials initially released the wrong name.

SHSU President Dana Gibson released the following statement:

“Our Bearkat Family is deeply saddened by the loss of our students in this tragic accident. Our hearts go out to their family and friends during this difficult time.”

The surviving victim was identified as 22-year-old Thomas Roling of The Woodlands.  He remains in the hospital and is listed in good condition.  Officials said the South Avenue and Bowers entrances will remain closed until further notice.

 

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