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Mariemont grad killed in Honduras bus crash

Olivia Erhardt, Provided by Mariemont HS Olivia Erhardt, Provided by Mariemont HS
The bus crashed just east of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. (Photo: CNN News source) The bus crashed just east of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa. (Photo: CNN News source)
CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

A Cincinnati native died in a bus crash while on a volunteer mission trip to Honduras, according to media reports.

Olivia Erhardt, 19, graduated from Mariemont High School and attended summer courses at the University of Cincinnati.

The Columbia University sophomore was traveling with fellow students when their bus veered off the road and fell 260 feet into a ravine Wednesday.

In a post on Facebook, Mariemont City Schools said the community is mourning the “incredible loss of this Mariemont High School graduate.” A public service in Erhardt’s honor is planned for Jan. 23 in Mariemont High’s auditorium.

Daniella Moffson, 21, and Abigail Flanagan, 45, also died in the crash.

Erhardt was studying to be a scientist, the New York Daily News reports.

While at Mariemont, she was involved with volleyball, arts, musical performances, community service, and was a National Merit Scholar, according to school officials. 

School officials say the victims were traveling with 25 other Barnard and Columbia students as part of a trip with Global Brigades, a non-profit group that provides international health and economic services.

An unknown number of other passengers were injured in the accident. 

“Our colleagues at Columbia are in the process of determining the full extent of the injuries sustained by their students,” said a statement from Barnard.  ”Columbia medical and support personnel are traveling to Honduras overnight to provide additional on-site assistance.

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