Friday, July 15, 2016

EWU students who were near violent truck attack in Nice, France are safe

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 12:28 PM

A group of Eastern Washington University students were at the Bastille Day celebration in Nice, France, when a truck plowed through the crowd and killed at least 80 people on Thursday

All of those students and accompanying faculty members are safe, according to EWU President Mary Cullinan. 

"We join the world in mourning another horrific attack on the people of France," she said in a statement. 

She said 15 Eastern students are studying in Nice this summer. According to the school, many of those students were at the Bastille Day celebration. 

Gonzaga University reports that no students are in France at this time. We're still waiting on an answer from Washington State University. 

A couple EWU students in France have talked to local media. One student, Ari Flos, was a mile away from the carnage, and described how people were "completely panicked" in an interview with KREM

Another student, Ashley Casto, told KHQ she was at the celebration with a dozen other students. She described how people were running while on their phones trying to call loved ones. "I was in panic mode, so I just ran as fast as I could trying to get off the street." 

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