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ND honors 20th anniversary of accident

Observer Staff Report | Monday, January 23, 2012

A Mass of Remembrance for the two Notre Dame students who died in a swimming team bus accident 20 years ago will take place today at 8 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

University President Fr. John Jenkins will preside over the Mass and University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy will deliver the homily.

Twenty years ago today, a bus was bringing the Irish women’s swimming team back to campus from a meet at Northwestern University in the middle of a heavy snowstorm when it slid off the Indiana Toll Road and rolled over.

Freshmen Meghan Beeler of Granger, Ind., and Colleen Hipp from St. Louis, died in the accident. Many of the other swimmers, coaches and staff were injured, according to a University press release.

The press release stated that today’s Mass will be held in memory of Beeler and Hipp, in thanksgiving for healing and in appreciation to members of the University and local communities who responded to the accident.