The Cupola located at the Mall on the campus of East Carolina University.

Four East Carolina University students were involved in a major car accident on Friday afternoon which resulted the deaths of two students and two being seriously injured, according to a statement from ECU News Services.

The four students involved in the accident were members of the ECU Greek life community on their way to South Carolina for a formal event. According to the email, the university will share any additional information that becomes available in the coming days.

ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton asked that all of the ECU community keep the students involved in the accident and their families in their “hearts and prayers.”

“There are no words to express the amount of sadness we are feeling to today,” Staton said in the release. “This is truly devastating news, and we ask that all Pirates comes together and join me in holding these students and their families deeply in our hearts and prayers during this unspeakable time.”

Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, said there will be crisis counselors along with members of the Dean of Students Office, the Division of Student Affairs and “ECU’s entire community” ready to help students if they need any assistance.

“The full breadth of our staff and resources will be available to students, faculty and staff on our campus,” Hardy said.

Crisis counseling will be available for any student by visiting the Center for Counseling and Student Development in Umstead Hall. Students who would like to speak with a crisis counselor over the weekend have the option of calling the CCSD at 252-328-6661 and selecting the option “2.”

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