A bus crash in Honduras claimed the lives of three American women who were in the Central American country on a volunteer mission to help the poor, authorities said. The victims, three Columbia University students, were killed when their bus swerved off road, falling about 80 feet, and crashing into a gully, officials said. The students were identified as Olivia Erhardt, 19, Daniella Moffson, 21, and Abigail Flanagan, 45, according to a statement from the university's president, Lee Bollinger. At least 12 other Americans on the bus were injured many if not all of them students, officials said.
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