The Aeolians Survive Bus Accident in San Francisco

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by Staff Writers, Integrated Marketing & Public Relations, Oakwood University

Administrators at Oakwood University were informed this past Sabbath morning of a bus accident that took place in San Francisco involving 18 students and two staff members. The students are members of the Oakwood University Aeolians who were scheduled to perform in the Bay Area on May 5, 2019.   Around 12:25 am PST on May 4, while traveling from the San Francisco airport, the bus transporting the students and staff was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 101, just south of Sierra Point. Students and staff members were checked onsite by EMT, and initial reports revealed no life-threatening injuries.   The University is grateful for the role played by first-responders, and for the prayerful support and encouragement from local alumni, the board of trustees, and support personnel from the San Francisco area who aided our students and staff. Just hours after the accident, the Aeolians worshipped with the members of the Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church.   Geeta, a friend of Oakwood at the Leicester Central SDA Church, in the United Kingdom, heard parts of the live-streamed concert on Sunday, May 5, at San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church. She commented: “Our God is awesome. He saved His own. … I heard their singing …and they were declaring the glory of God. Their singing sounded awesome. Continue to praise Him.” The choir members’ experience was covered by the media, including a report by ABC 7 News in San Francisco.
The choir members are safe, albeit shaken up, following this last tour of the school year and the aftermath of the accident. They were welcomed at the Huntsville International Airport on Tuesday night, May 7, by members of the Oakwood family. Today, the Department of Health & Counseling Service is offering the Aeolians an afternoon of self-care, pampering, and healing. From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., counselors from the Office of Spiritual Life and massage therapists will be available, to offer trauma and spiritual counseling, massage, and quiet time in the tranquility room.
While we are extremely grateful for God’s protection and mercy, we are saddened by the fact that a precious life was lost. Please continue to pray for the victim’s family and the healing of our students. Your support during this time means a lot to us.
For those who would like to help members of the @TheAeolians, the University has set up the following ways to help:
(1)   Text OAKS to 56512. For “area of support,”: enter “Aeolians.” OR (2)  Go to give.oakwood.edu to help with the Aeolians Relief Fund.   The Aeolians’ final performance for this school year will be a mini-concert at the Von Braun at 7:00 p.m. on Sabbath evening, May 11, just before Commencement.

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