Remembrance service one year after Bluffton bus crash

BLUFFTON, Ohio -- A special service of remembrance happened in Bluffton Wednesday. It was a little over a year ago that a tragic bus crash in Atlanta claimed the lives of five Bluffton University baseball players as well as the bus driver and his wife.

Five young men with such bright futures, all lost in a tragic accident last March 2. Dozens of others survived, left with various injuries.

The Bluffton community is coming together to honor those lives. News 11's Shelley Brown reported live from Bluffton.

Students, staff, family and friends came together on the Bluffton campus to remember what happened that day and to honor the lives of those lost.

Zach Arend, David Betts, Cody Holp, Scott Harmon and Tyler Williams will all be remembered Wednesday.

In addition to the remembrance service, a memorial project will honor them as well. Bluffton University received $350,000 in donations after the bus crash and used it for a memorial project on the baseball field. Donations came from all over including surrounding baseball teams all the way up through Major League Baseball.

Parts of the Memorial Project are as follows:

  • An official name change of the playing field to Bluffton University Memorial Field.
  • A Circle of Remembrance adjacent to the field for visitors to reflect, so they never forget what happened.
  • Enhancements to the baseball field including a laser-leveled field, Major-League style dugouts, and permanent batting cages.

Posted by LS