**FIRST EMAIL**/FIRST Students in Bus Accident in CT

Statement from Paul R. Gudonis, President of FIRST®

It is with deep sadness that I report that one FIRST student has apparently died and 17 others were injured when a school bus carrying a group from a Hartford magnet school collided Saturday morning with another vehicle on Interstate 84 in Hartford, Conn. The school bus was evidently carrying students from the Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science to Farmington High School to attend a local FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff event at Farmington High School. The team, #3125, is a Rookie FRC team.

Our hearts and the hearts of the entire FIRST community go out to the victims of this terrible accident and those of their families during this very difficult time. FIRST is currently assessing the situation and how best we can support the most immediate needs of our students, their families, parents, coaches and peers involved in this tragedy. The name of the student as well as the names of those injured in the accident have been withheld pending notification of families.

I know you join me in expressing our condolences for this unfortunate set of circumstances. We will post future information on Bill’s Blog.


Paul R. Gudonis

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