Five students killed in fiery head-on crash on their way home from Bible college in WyomingAuthor: Yuvi January 25, 2023
Five students were killed in a series of crashes by a wrong-way driver while on their way home from Bible college in Wyoming.
The crash victims were identified as Sylvan Hills High School seniors Susana Prime and Ava Luplow, as well as recent grads Salomon Correa, Maggie Franco and Susana’s sister, Andrea, KATV reports.
The group was driving home from Jackson Hole Bible College on Interstate 80 on Sunday when a Dodge Ram was reported heading east in the westbound lanes.
The pickup truck collided with a passenger car and commercial truck, causing a wreck that forced another truck to swerve into the other side of the road, colliding head-on into the students’ Ford F-150.
The truck and the student’s car were engulfed in flames, killing the five youngsters and leaving others with critical injuries.
The driver of the Dodge Ram, who has yet to be identified, has been arrested on suspicion of impairment, police said.
(L-R) Salomon Correa, Andrea Prime, Ava Luplow, Maggie Franco and Susana Prime perished in a fiery car crash while coming home from Bible college in Wyoming
Maggie, Susana and Ava (L-R) all worked at the local Humble Crumb baker near their high school, Sylvan Hills High, where they were alongside other family members
The Wyoming High Patrol said the crash took place east of Rawlins, Wyoming, when they got notice of a wrong-way driver at around 6:52 a.m.
The first collision occurred shortly afterwards, leaving three cars piled up on Interstate 80, which police said caused a commercial truck to swerve to avoid the wreckage.
The truck, however, drove through the median on the road and collided head-on with the students’ car, killing them all.
Following the deadly crash, the Sylvan Hills community gathered at the Faith Bible Fellowship, in Arkansas, for a candlelight vigil to mourn the five students.
Tributes have poured in for the group who were well-known in the tight-knit community – Susana and Ava worked at the Humble Crumb bakery near their high school, where Maggie had also worked along with family members.
Ava (left) and Susana (right) were seniors at the Sylvan Hills High School
Pictured: Sisters Andrea and Susana Prime, who both died in the crash
Ruth and Betsy Peters, owners of the bakery, told local KARK that they were devastated to learn about the horrible loss.
Betsy said she took solace in a Bible verse both Susana and Ava had posted on their Instagram accounts: ‘I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.’
‘I just couldn’t believe it because that’s what’s happening… God is being glorified through them and that’s what they wanted,’ Betsy said.
Lydia VanderVate, who grew up in the Faith Bible Fellowship with all five victims, said the deaths have taken their toll on the community.
‘It feels like my heart is broken,’ said. ‘They all had such bubbly personalities, could get along, always laughing with each other.’
The church has urged for people to donate to the families via the CashApp mobile payment service, or do send donations directly to the church, located at 9800 Northbrook Drive, in Sherwood, Arizona.
Maggie (pictured) was a student at the Jackson Hole Bible College, in Jackson Hole, Arkansas
Salomon Correa (above) also attended the college and was a grad of the Sylvan Hills High
The community is in mourning and held a candlelight vigil for the dead students. Pictured: Andrea Prime, who lost her life along with her young sister
The Pulaski County Special School District also notified students on Monday about the tragic accident, offering counseling to students and staff.
‘Our thoughts are with their families and school community as they grieve the loss of such young lives,’ the district said in a statement.
Quint Scruggs, a fellow Sylvan Hills High School alumnus, said the whole community is in shock about what happened.
‘I didn’t believe it until I got all over social media and that’s all I saw,’ he told KATV, saying he knew the group as a delight to be around. ‘I told everybody, ‘There’s no way, I don’t believe it.”
Sherwood Mayor Mary Jo Heyetownsell urged the community to be strong during this time of mourning and to help everyone impacted by the deaths.
‘Certainly we need to be ever vigilant in terms of their peers, their friends who are gonna be so impacted by this,’ she told the local outlet.