UPDATED from ISU – 8-22-22–
Indiana State University is grieving the tragic loss of students Christian Eubanks, Jayden Musili, and Caleb VanHooser, who died early Sunday morning in a one-car accident. The Vigo County Sheriff released the names Monday.
Musili, 19, a sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was part of the Pathway to Blue program and became an ISU student this year. Eubanks, 18, a freshman from Waukegan, Illinois, and VanHooser, 19, a freshman from Liberty Township, Ohio, were football players for the Sycamores.
Police said there were a total of five people in the car. Two of them were ISU football players Omarion Dixon (Lafayette, Indiana) and John Moore (Wheaton, Illinois). They are out of intensive care but still in serious condition.
(8-21-22) This morning tragic news came of a horrific crash that claimed three Indiana State students. Two of the passengers, also ISU students, were pulled from the burning vehicle and transported for medical treatment with serious injuries
Vigo County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single car crash just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday on State Road 46 at Main Street in Riley, Indiana.
Celina grad and ISU offensive coordinator Mike Bath, who is in his first season with the Sycamores, posted the following tweet:
The school issued the following early this morning-
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – It is with great sorrow that Indiana State University announces that police are working to positively identify three people who died in a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.
Police said there were five people total in the vehicle. They are all believed to be ISU students, including several football players.
ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis
“This is a terrible tragedy. As we are waiting on additional details from authorities investigating this accident, our hearts go out to the families and friends of the students involved.”
The ISU women’s soccer match scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Stadium has been postponed to a later date because of the tragedy.
Counseling services are available for students, faculty, and staff at 812-237-3939.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
No names have been released but two football player have been identified as victims on social media.
Caleb VanHooser (Lakota East, Ohio) was a freshmen on the ISU football team.
Chris Eubanks, who graduated from Warren Township (Ill) High School was also a freshman.
Media sources are reporting that the other person lost in the accident was also a member of the Sycamore football team.
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Updated – 8-22-22
Omarion Dixon, a redshirt freshman running back for the Sycamores, was reported to be in the accident on a social media post by his high school, Harrison in West Lafayette.