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Fund to Help ACU Bus Crash Victims Reaches $3,600

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Nov 11, 2011, Abilene, TX

By Denise Blaz 

An Abilene Christian University spokesman said it is still too early to determine when and how money from a fund designated for people involved in a bus crash earlier this month will be dispersed.

"It's clearly early in what may be a long process," said Grant Rampy, ACU spokesman.

So far, Rampy said, the fund has raised $3,600.

"First and foremost, we're making sure the families of those affected sense our care and comfort to work with them financially," he said. "At this point we want to make sure there are no headaches."

The crash occurred Nov. 4 when 12 ACU students, three faculty members and a faculty member's spouse were en route to a service project at the Medina Children's Home. The bus they were riding in hit a concrete culvert and overturned along U.S. 83 between Ballinger and Paint Rock, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Anabel Reid, a 19-year-old environmental sciences sophomore, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her memorial service was held Wednesday in Lubbock.

Rampy said ACU is taking care of the immediate needs of families of the injured, such as lodging and travel expenses. Each family has been assigned an ambassador to help with the process, he said.

Today, two fundraisers will be held at area businesses to assist families of students involved in the crash. Rampy said the fundraisers are not affiliated with ACU.

Cici's Pizzas in Abilene, Brownwood, Lubbock and San Angelo have announced they are donating a portion of Saturday's sales to a the ACU fund.

"Many of the students injured, or involved dine at our local store or have hometowns with a Cici's Pizza," said Tommy Marlin, owner of the Abilene location. "We feel very connected with the students and wanted to do something to help."

Nikki's Swirl Shoppe, an Abilene self-serve frozen yogurt shop, said they will have live music, raffle prizes and face paintings to help the ACU bus accident students at their Judge Ely Boulevard location.

In addition to donating 10 percent of their Saturday proceeds to the fund, the shop will match 100 percent of all donations raised.

Student released to rehab hospital

Tiffany Lutz, an ACU senior, was transferred Friday to a rehabilitation hospital to continue recovery, according to the ACU website.

Twelve people have been released from area hospitals as of Friday. Three people remain in critical condition at San Angelo, Dallas and Houston hospitals.

On Thursday, freshman Allison Dorshorst was discharged from San Angelo Community Medical Center and junior Merissa Ford was released from Hendrick Medical Center.

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Fund to Help ACU Bus Crash Victims Reaches $3,600

See All
Nov 11, 2011, Abilene, TX

By Denise Blaz 

An Abilene Christian University spokesman said it is still too early to determine when and how money from a fund designated for people involved in a bus crash earlier this month will be dispersed.

"It's clearly early in what may be a long process," said Grant Rampy, ACU spokesman.

So far, Rampy said, the fund has raised $3,600.

"First and foremost, we're making sure the families of those affected sense our care and comfort to work with them financially," he said. "At this point we want to make sure there are no headaches."

The crash occurred Nov. 4 when 12 ACU students, three faculty members and a faculty member's spouse were en route to a service project at the Medina Children's Home. The bus they were riding in hit a concrete culvert and overturned along U.S. 83 between Ballinger and Paint Rock, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Anabel Reid, a 19-year-old environmental sciences sophomore, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her memorial service was held Wednesday in Lubbock.

Rampy said ACU is taking care of the immediate needs of families of the injured, such as lodging and travel expenses. Each family has been assigned an ambassador to help with the process, he said.

Today, two fundraisers will be held at area businesses to assist families of students involved in the crash. Rampy said the fundraisers are not affiliated with ACU.

Cici's Pizzas in Abilene, Brownwood, Lubbock and San Angelo have announced they are donating a portion of Saturday's sales to a the ACU fund.

"Many of the students injured, or involved dine at our local store or have hometowns with a Cici's Pizza," said Tommy Marlin, owner of the Abilene location. "We feel very connected with the students and wanted to do something to help."

Nikki's Swirl Shoppe, an Abilene self-serve frozen yogurt shop, said they will have live music, raffle prizes and face paintings to help the ACU bus accident students at their Judge Ely Boulevard location.

In addition to donating 10 percent of their Saturday proceeds to the fund, the shop will match 100 percent of all donations raised.

Student released to rehab hospital

Tiffany Lutz, an ACU senior, was transferred Friday to a rehabilitation hospital to continue recovery, according to the ACU website.

Twelve people have been released from area hospitals as of Friday. Three people remain in critical condition at San Angelo, Dallas and Houston hospitals.

On Thursday, freshman Allison Dorshorst was discharged from San Angelo Community Medical Center and junior Merissa Ford was released from Hendrick Medical Center.

© 2011 Abilene Reporter-News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.