ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Christian University community is still grieving over the tragic loss of one student and the five others injured in a head-on collision.
Sunday morning, faculty, family and others prayed at University Church of Christ for the victims during this tough time.
The accident involved two pickup trucks colliding at the intersection of County Road 107 and Highway 36, just east of Abilene Regional Airport. Lindsey Smith, 20, of New Braunfels, and Jeffrey Davis, 27, were killed in the crash. Davis was the driver of the second vehicle. Smith was in the vehicle carrying six ACU students.
ACU Journalism and Mass Communications Chair Cheryl Mann Bacon said this incident is all too familiar.
"My reaction was, not again, because the campus still is healing from the horrible accident that involved our agriculture and environmental students just over a year ago," Bacon said.
It's the second fatal accident involving ACU students in just two years. Just over a year ago, a bus crash left one young woman dead. Bacon said she's reaching out to families.
"We're trying not to overwhelm people but at the same time make sure that everyday somebody is in touch," Bacon said.
The community is rallying together. Jeff Harrington, student life Vice President is providing support.
"I struggle as an individual, but as a man of faith it does give me a basis to approach my students and help them," said Harrington.
His message to the students is, "Don't deny how you feel. Don't deny your questions," Harrington said. "Don't be afraid to approach God with your questions and your pain. Allow others to help you as you wrestle with those feelings and questions."
"Our only concern is not just for our own students," Bacon said. "We also certainly are thinking about and praying for the family of the other man that was involved in the accident."
ACU is making their normal prayer service on Monday, a day to remember the people who died in this tragedy.
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