29 August 2022 | Tragedy struck Seventh-day Adventist-owned Holbrook Indian School in Holbrook, Arizona, yesterday as a three-vehicle accident on I-40, involving a school bus from the boarding school, resulted in one student dying and six being injured. The students were on a field trip.

A Facebook update from Ulysses Campos, Vice-principal for Student Life at the school read:

This is a very sad day for the Holbrook Indian School community; one of our students died, and six others were injured in a school bus accident this morning.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, our school bus slowed down in traffic near another crash when the bus was struck from behind by a semi-truck. Our bus was pushed into the vehicle in front of it.

The bus was transporting a group of staff and students on a field trip to Window Rock, Arizona. Our concerns now are for our parents and families as we uphold and grieve with them.

We ask that you would be patient and respectful as we work through this as a school community, and we solicit your prayers on behalf of everyone impacted by this tragedy.

ABC10 reported that DPS officials said the crash took place about 9:25 a.m. on Sunday morning, and that there were 19 students onboard the bus which was pushed into a van in front of it.

According to ABC10, the student that was killed was identified by the family as Kiarra Gordon.

The family is accepting donations.

ABC10 included a statement from Holbrook leaders and the county part of which read:

The true beauty of rural Navajo County is our tightknit communities, and each loss is a ripple felt by all. We offer our deepest condolences, as our thoughts and prayers are sent to those directly impacted by this morning’s tragic accident. We also join our friends and neighbors as we work together to support those in need at this crucial time. We send sincere gratitude to the first responders who came together across agencies to aid those in need. Our strength is in our unity, and we stand united in our sorrow today.

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