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Brandeis fatal bus crash: Another passenger may have sustained life-threatening injuries, vigil held at university

WALTHAM, MA. November 20: A bouquet of flowers at the scene of the Brandeis University shuttle bus accident, Sunday, November 20, 2022, in the 800 block of South Street in  Waltham, Mass.  (Photo By Jim Michaud/ Boston Herald)
WALTHAM, MA. November 20: A bouquet of flowers at the scene of the Brandeis University shuttle bus accident, Sunday, November 20, 2022, in the 800 block of South Street in Waltham, Mass. (Photo By Jim Michaud/ Boston Herald)
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Police continue to investigate the Brandeis University fatal bus crash that may have led to life-threatening injuries for another passenger, officials said on Monday as students gathered for a campus vigil.

The shuttle bus crash Saturday night in Waltham killed 25-year-old Vanessa Mark, a Brandeis undergraduate student who was currently on leave and living in the area.

The 29 other passengers and bus driver, a 57-year-old man, were all transported to hospitals with varying injuries. At least one of the surviving passengers might have suffered life-threatening injuries, the Middlesex DA’s Office said in an update on Monday.

“The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Waltham Police and Massachusetts State Police are continuing to actively investigate the crash including working with the State Police Crash Reconstruction Section, interviewing witnesses and collecting any additional evidence,” the DA’s Office wrote in the update. “There is no evidence that the bus rolled at the time of the crash.

“This remains an evolving situation and investigators are still seeking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this accident or has any information or video of the crash,” the DA’s Office added.

At about 10:32 p.m. on Saturday, a shuttle bus operated by Joseph’s Transportation was traveling on South Street in Waltham when it struck a tree.

The passengers on the bus were mostly from Brandeis University, but there were also students from other schools. The shuttle was operating a routine route from the Boston and Cambridge area, and was traveling back to Brandeis at the time of the crash.

While some students reported they had attended a hockey game at Northeastern University, not all students were on the shuttle for that purpose and the bus was not chartered for any specific event.

On Monday evening, the campus held a vigil at Harlan Chapel.

“All are welcome to gather for a quiet, open space of reflection in light of the tragic accident this weekend,” the university wrote on its website. “Whether you want to offer prayers, just have a space to talk or reflect, you are welcome.”

Police are urging anyone with information to contact the Waltham Police Department at 781-314-3600.

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