1 dead in bus crashes involving students in Massachusetts

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One person has died after a bus carrying Brandeis University students crashed Saturday night, the university said.

First responders transported 27 people, most of whom were Brandeis students, to local hospitals, officials said.

In a letter posted online to students, Ron Liebowitz, president of Brandeis University, identified the student who died in Saturday night’s bus crash as student Vanessa Mark.

“While Vanessa was currently on leave, she lived in Waltham and was an active and beloved member of the Brandeis community,” said Liebowitz. “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.”

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Liebowitz said classes will be canceled Monday and Tuesday.

A bus contracted by the university crashed on South Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, on its way to the university, the school said. The bus was on a route through Cambridge and Boston when it crashed at about 10:45 p.m., Brandeis said.

Authorities said the bus crashed into a tree and the cause of the wreck is still under investigation.

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“Brandeis has notified students, faculty and staff of the accident; we are providing guidance and support to students and will continue to do so in the coming days,” a school official said.

Waltham Fire Chief Andrew Mullin told reporters on Sunday there were multiple injuries but would not say how serious they were.

Ahmad Hemingway, Mariama Jalloh and Stephanie Guerilus of TBEN News contributed to this report.

This is an evolving story. Check back later for updates.

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