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Pacific University students injured in horrific Vegas crash

Four Pacific University students were among those injured early Sunday evening when a vehicle plowed into pedestrians on a busy sidewalk on the Las Vegas Strip.

Police say a woman intentionally swerved her car two or three times onto the sidewalk outside the Paris Hotel & Casino at about 6:30 p.m., killing one person and injuring nearly 40 others, including the four Pacific students, whose injuries were not life threatening.

The students are members of Pacific's men's wrestling team, which was in Las Vegas to compete in the Wartburg Desert Duals on Monday. The team comprises 19 student-athletes and coaches, who were walking together when the incident occurred. Three of the four injured students were transported to a local hospital, two of whom were later released. The other student has been kept overnight for observation.

Monday morning, Pacific University President Lesley Hallick released a statement:

"The safety and well-being of our students and employees, both those injured and all who witnessed this traumatic incident, are of paramount importance. We are relieved that none of our students suffered life-threatening injuries, but at the same time, saddened to hear of those who were killed or critically injured. We are very thankful to all of the first responders, and to our athletic trainer, who worked tirelessly to treat both the injured and those emotionally shaken by what they witnessed. I am also most appreciative of our coaches and athletic staff for reaching out to our wrestling student-athletes and their families to provide support and to arrange to bring the team home today."

The team will not compete in Monday's scheduled tournament. Pacific University's fall semester concluded last week and classes are adjourned until Jan. 11.