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IU Students Hold Vigil For Classmate Killed In Accident
Updated March 13, 2015 5:36 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana University students gathered Wednesday night for a vigil to remember a classmate who died in a crash over the weekend.

Amanda Ludwig and her mother, Elaine Ludwig, were killed Saturday in a fiery crash on Interstate 275 near the Indiana-Kentucky border. The accident shut down westbound interstate for about five hours.

18-year-old Ludwig was a member of the Theta Phi Alpha sorority at IU. Her sorority sisters and friends held the candlelight vigil at Showalter Fountain on the Bloomington campus.

A funeral mass for Ludwig is planned for today at Our Lady of Lourdes in Westwood.

59-year-old Elaine Ludwig and her daughter, both of Hamilton County, Ohio, suffered fatal injuries shortly before noon when a semi-tractor trailer collided with their Pontiac Grand Prix on the Carroll C. Cropper Bridge.

According to a Boone County Sheriff's Department report, the Grand Prix was traveling westbound when it came to a stop on the bridge in the right lane. A semi driver following behind was able to swerve to his left and avoid hitting the car. But a second semi wasn't able to stop and ran into the rear of the Pontiac, causing it to burst into flames.

The Boone County coroner determined the women died from the impact of the crash mixed with the fire and smoke.

The driver of the USF Holland tractor trailer, 63-year-old Ronnie York, of Greenwood, that crashed into the Grand Prix was not injured.

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