JMU Remembers Tragic Bus Crash One Year Later

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- A bus crashed into a James Madison University student on campus, taking her life. Even though that crash happened about a year ago, JMU students still remember that tragic night.

"I remember the campus was definitely different after that, as far as, you'd definitely see less people texting while walking because to my understanding the student was on the phone,” said Melissa Psallidas, a student. “I remember hyper-focusing on the way every bus driver was driving whenever I was on the bus and being very aware."

Lee Eshelman, a JMU transportation manager, said now the campus has programs in place to remind students to stay safe while they are cycling or walking.

"You know that incident really shocked us and made us really aware of what we need to do and I think we're doing a lot to prove that safety here. More lighting, more crosswalks, more orientation, more education and seminars like this," said Eshelman.

More seminars like the one that happened on Friday, where dozens of students learned more about bike and pedestrian safety. Students, like Psallidas, appreciate these new programs to remind them about how dangerous walking and biking can be if you're distracted.

"Initially it's this constant mood on campus of being aware and that sort of thing, and then I can't remember the exact time, but again, with time, I'm guilty with having my iPod in every once in awhile when you're just in the mood and I think I'm not as mindful as I should be after something like that," said Psallidas.

Something that changed JMU a year ago, but should not be forgotten.

Psallidas says it was nice to see the whole campus come together after that accident last year. She said it was easy to forget that accident, but new programs can remind them about staying safe while walking.

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