Campus Plans Memorials For 6 BGSU Students Killed In Crash

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Students at Bowling Green State University will pause for six minutes of silence on Friday night to remember six students killed while returning from spring break.

The memorial will take place at 9:01 p.m. -- the same time the accident occurred.

The students, all 19, were returning from Panama City, Fla., when their minivan spun into oncoming traffic and was struck by a tractor-trailer. The crash happened on Interstate 71 near Verona, Ky., about 25 miles south of Cincinnati.

Authorities said severe winds and heavy rain may have contributed to the crash.

The university said students will begin planning a campus-wide memorial next week after the funeral services for the victims are completed. Students also will be given stationery if they want to write condolences to the families.

Five of the six victims lived together in a suite in Founders Hall. The sixth student lived two floors above.

Killed were: Jessica Hedlund, of Perrysburg; Andrea Bakker, of Strongsville; Sara Jean McCarthy, of Brook Park; Jacqueline Ahlers, of Vandalia; and Michelle Saunders and Ryan Leigh Foss, both of Huron.

All had been studying either teaching or nursing and were sophomores except Saunders, a freshman.

Funeral services for the girls will be taking place throughout the week. The service for northeast Ohioan Andrea Bakker took place on Tuesday, while the one for fellow northeast Ohioan Sara McCarthy was held on Wednesday at Saint Mary's Church in Berea.

A memorial fund has been set up in Sara's name. You can make donations at any Fifth Third Bank.

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