MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. (WNCN) – A third student at the University of Mount Olive has died following a March 13 crash, the school announced.
Jett Swetland died on Monday.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Swetland family at this time, and for the many difficult days ahead. The UMO family continues to struggle with the devastating loss of these young and talented members of our campus community,” said Dr. Ed Croom, interim president for the University of Mount Olive
The Sparta, Ohio native was a senior business management major and former baseball player.
Freshman Madison Mergl of Sayville, New York and sophomore Ann Wray of Oakland, New Jersey were killed in the collision.
The University said Alex Eubanks of Bowie, Maryland, Chaney Partrich of Chapin, South Carolina, Amber McCarthy of Havelock and Tiffany Lee of Gambrills, Maryland were all also injured.
They were all transported to the hospital following the collision.
Troopers said the driver of Jeep ran a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 55 and Indian Springs Road just outside Mount Olive.
That Jeep went into the lanes of Highway 55 where it was hit by a tractor-trailer in front of Unity Baptist Church. The collision forced the Jeep off the road and into a ditch.
There were seven Mt. Olive students in the Jeep at the time of the collision.
The Highway Patrol believes alcohol was a factor in the crash as evidence of beer and wine was found at the scene.
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