UMO mourns loss of third student killed in fatal crash

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (WNCT) The University of Mount Olive has learned that a third student involved in the vehicle accident that occurred on Friday, March 13 has died from his injuries.

Dr. Ed Croom, Interim President for the University of Mount Olive released the following statement:

” We are extremely sad to share the news of the passing of Jett Swetland,” said Dr. Ed Croom, Interim President for the University of Mount Olive. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Swetland family at this time and for the many difficult days ahead.  The UMO family continues to struggle with the devastating loss of these young and talented members of our campus community.”

Sweetland was a senior business management major and former baseball player from Sparta, OH.

The passing of Swetland brings the total loss of life from that fatal crash to three. 

Freshmen exercise science major Madison Mergl of Sayville, NY, and sophomore agribusiness major Ann Wray of Oakland, NJ died on Friday, March 13. 

The UMO community continues to uplift prayers for Alex Eubanks of Bowie, MD; Chaney Partrich of Chapin, SC; and Amber McCarthy of Havelock, NC; and Tiffany Lee of Gambrills, MD.

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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (WNCT) On Thursday, seven University of Mount Olive students were involved in a fatal crash.

Six students are from UMO Women’s Lacrosse team and one is a former baseball player.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 55 and Indian Spring Road and the students were in a jeep that was struck by an oncoming trailer truck.

Freshmen exercise science major Madison Mergl of Sayville, NY, and sophomore agribusiness major Ann Wray of Oakland, NJ have died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the accident.

The other students airlifted to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville are women’s lacrosse players:  sophomore biology major Tiffany Lee of Gambrills, MD; freshman exercise science major Alex Eubanks of Bowie MD; freshmen exercise science major Chaney Partrich of Chapin, SC; and sophomore healthcare management major Amber McCarthy of Havelock, NC; and former baseball player and senior business management major Jett Swetland from Sparta, OH.

The university is continuing to monitor the situation.

Interim University of Mount Olive President Dr. Ed Croom released the following statement:

“It is a sad day for the University of Mount Olive.  We are in prayer for everyone involved in this horrific accident.  We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families of Ann Wray and Madison Mergl, and we uplift all of the others in our prayers as they continue to receive medical treatment.  The University of Mount Olive is a close-knit community and this has hit us all hard.”

Rodger’s Chapel is open all day for prayer and a team of professionals will be on campus to offer counseling.

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