A automobile accident at the border of West Virginia and Virginia on Thursday night claimed the lives of three James Madison University students and left two others in critical condition.
According to the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a single-vehicle accident on W.Va. 259, close to the state border, about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The car struck a tree while driving south on W. Va. 259, according to police, who did not identify the vehicle.
Police reported that there were five passengers in the automobile, all of them were male students at JMU and were 19 years old.
According to a statement released by JMU on Friday afternoon, the accident claimed the lives of Richmond residents John “Luke” Fergusson, Nicholas Troutman, and Joshua Mardis.
The statement read, “These three young men will always be remembered as Dukes and will forever be in our hearts.”
According to authorities, the driver and a passenger were flown in severe condition to a hospital. Their names haven’t been made public yet.
According to police, the accident is still being looked into. Uncertainty surrounds the crash’s cause.
JMU stated that it will in the future educate the JMU community about vigils and memorial events.
“It is unimaginable the devastation our community has experienced today. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the entire university community, but especially to the families, friends, and other people who had strong ties to the students we lost “The declaration said.