Maine Maritime Car Accident, In a statement released hours after the early morning crash, college president Jerry S. Paul said, “Our community is grieving for these young lives and for their families.” Four Maine Maritime Academy students died and three more were hurt early Saturday morning when their SUV caught on fire. Shannon Moss, a public information officer for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said that the 2013 Range Rover “left the road and hit a tree before going up in flames.” This happened as the group of seven was driving south on Shore Road in Castine. Moss said in a statement that PEOPLE got that four of the seven people hurt in the crash were declared dead at the scene, just after 2 a.m.
Three members of a popular college marching band were killed when a semi truck hit them while they were changing a flat tire. The victims have been named as Brian Kenealy, 20, of York, and Chase Fossett, 21, of Gardiner, Maine, and Luke Simpson, 22, of Rockport, Massachusetts, and Riley Ignacio-Cameron, 20, of Aquinnah, Massachusetts. Joshua Goncalves-Radding, 20, from North Babylon, New York, was the driver. He and the other people in the car were taken to nearby hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening. In a message released Saturday night, the school’s president, Jerry S. Paul, said that the students had died and been hurt.
He said of the college’s community, “Our community is sad for these young lives and for their families.” “Please think of these young people often and pray for them.” You’ll never miss a story if you sign up for PEOPLE’s free weekly email. Every Friday, the week’s biggest news will be sent to your inbox. A post on the school’s Facebook page said that a gathering was held Sunday night for those affected by the tragedy to “grieve the loss” and “start the healing process.” The Bangor Daily News said that at the event, Paul said that the school’s community is “in a great deal of pain.” Paul told the crowd, “We are working through it,” according to the outlet. “We’ve started moving forward, but we still have a very long way to go.”
Wife Sees Husband Die From the Top of an N.H. Mountain Paul remembered each student by name while taking pictures on a hike, according to the Daily News. Fossett was a major in international business and logistics, Kenealy was a major in marine transportation operations, and Simpson and Ignacio-Cameron were both majors in vessel operations and technology. He also said that Ignacio-Cameron was from the Wampanoag tribe and that Kenealy was on the men’s soccer team. In the wake of the terrible accident, counseling services are now available on the Main Maritime site, the school said in a statement on Saturday.
The crash is being looked into right now. Moss tells PEOPLE that the review “could take weeks or even months to finish.” Before the plane crash that killed his wife and daughter, the missing pilot wrote about taking his family on a “weekend away.” Moss says that the car that was in the accident is now in the hands of the Maine State Police. As part of the probe, the SUV will be looked at.