SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WAFF) - 18 Oakwood University students and two staff members were involved in a bus crash in San Francisco on Friday, according to university officials.
Members of the University’s choir group, the Aeolians, were among those involved in the crash, which happened in the early morning hours on Saturday as the bus was leaving an airport in San Francisco.
No one on the bus was hurt but one person involved in the crash died. The choir members are in California to perform in a church concert on Sunday. The choir’s manager Vilroy McBean, who talked to us by phone says the bus driver couldn’t see a wreck that was ahead of him.
“When I saw we were probably about no more than 100 or 250 feet away from them, so I just called out to the driver watch it, watch it, the driver saw and started to brake, but I knew that there wasn’t enough time in braking distance for a vehicle of that size to stop.”
Apparently other drivers also couldn’t see very well.
McBean tells us right after the bus crashed, another vehicle rear ended the bus, and after that, a 5th vehicle rear-ended that car, killing the driver inside the 4th car.
The students and staff were checked on-site by EMT. The university is not reporting any life-threatening injuries.
However, all of the choir members have been impacted by this crash.
“Unfortunately all of their belongings were destroyed, their performance outfits, their luggage, their tuxedos, everything was destroyed and a few students lost also their ID’s,” says Kenn Dixon.
Although someone died in this 5 vehicle crash, McBean says not to blame the bus driver.
“It wasn’t the bus driver’s fault, not at all.”
Pastoral care has been offered to those affected by the crash.
Despite the wreck and losing all their belongings in the fire, the show will go on tomorrow night in San Francisco at Third Baptist Church. The school has set up a relief fund. If you would like to help the students out, you can do so by clicking here.
A Bay Area doctor and his wife donated clothing to the students affected. Thanks to them, the students were able to receiving clothing from Belk, and the men received suits from Men’s Warehouse.