5 nursing students killed in Georgia interstate crash

A Georgia state trooper works the scene of a deadly crash in which five people died and three others were injured early Wednesday in Ellabelle, Ga., west of Savannah. The Georgia State Patrol said seven total vehicles, including two tractor trailers, were involved in the early morning collision on Interstate 16 about 20 miles west of Savannah.

ELLABELLE, Ga. — Five women killed early Wednesday in a fiery interstate crash in southeast Georgia were all nursing students headed to a Savannah hospital.

St. Joseph’s/ Candler Health System said all five were Georgia residents commuting to St. Joseph’s Hospital for their final clinical rotation of the school year.

The Georgia State Patrol says a tractor-trailer failed to slow down and smashed into stop-and-go traffic on Interstate 16 that had backed up because of an earlier wreck. Three people also were injured in the crash about 20 miles west of Savannah.

Georgia Southern University identified the dead as Emily Clark of Powder Springs, Morgan Bass of Leesburg, Abbie Deloach of Savannah, Catherine Pittman of Alpharetta and Caitlyn Baggett of Millen.