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Temple Community Mourns Loss of Student

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Temple University is mourning the loss of a sophomore student, who was among four people killed when a double-decker bus crashed early yesterday near Syracuse. Four others are still in the hospital; one of them, a King of Prussia woman, is in critical condition.

KYW’s Ian Bush reports Kevin Coffey’s friends remember him as “one of the best” — saying on Facebook and Twitter that “he’ll be dancing in (their) hearts forever.”

The 19-year-old Honors student from Manhattan, Kansas died when the Philadelphia-to-Toronto Megabus smashed into a low-clearance railroad overpass and flipped (see previous stories).

In a statement, Temple’s president Ann Weaver Hart calls it a “loss for the entire community” and says the university’s counseling center is offering help.

A New Jersey woman also was killed, but her name hasn’t been released. Several Penn students suffered minor injuries.

The Onondaga County sheriff is still investigating the crash, but says the bus driver may have chosen the wrong direction at a forked exit ramp. Coach USA, which operates Megabus, says the man behind the wheel previously had driven the route.

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