Orthodox Jewish Student Among Three Americans Killed in Honduras Bus Crash

The Columbia University students, who had come to Honduras on a volunteer mission, died after their bus veered off the road and fell into a ravine.

An unidentified person is carried into the Valle de Angeles Adventist Hospital after being involved in a bus accident near Tegucigalpa, Honduras, January 13, 2016.
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Three Columbia University students, including an Orthodox Jewish woman, were killed in a bus accident while on a volunteer mission in Honduras on Wednesday.

Daniella Moffson, 21, a Barnard College junior from Manhattan, was killed in the accident near the capital of Tegucigalpa. Also killed were Olivia Erhardt, 20, a sophomore, and Abigail Flanagan, 45, a general studies student and nurse practitioner at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Columbia President Lee Bollinger informed students of the deaths in an email Wednesday night.

The bus veered off the road and fell on its side into a ravine, the New York Daily News reported. It is not known what caused the crash, which also injured twelve.

Moffson’s body reportedly will be sent home for a prompt burial. The local Chabad emissary intervened to insure there would be no autopsy, which is against religious Jewish law, according to Israel National News.

The students were among a group of 25 working in Honduras through the university’s Medical Brigade program. They had also been to Nicaragua, according to the student newspaper, the Columbia Spectator.