North Seattle College brings medics, counselors in to help students cope with tragic accident

SEATTLE -- Students and employees involved in the Aurora Bridge crash returned to North Seattle College soon after the incident and met with counselors as well as medics.

North Seattle College President Warren Brown said the school is working with several agencies and nine area hospitals to monitor conditions of their students. The school confirms the four killed in the crash were international students at the school.

"Our hearts go out to every student, employee, and individual involved in this tragic accident," said Brown in a released statement.

The school confirmed it had two buses from its International Program heading to Safeco Field for new student orientation. Some of the students tell us they had only been at school for less than a week. The quarter doesn’t officially start until Monday.

Some students who returned to the school sustained minor injuries. The Learning Center at North Seattle College became a triage center to help students with physical and emotional needs. Some of the students’ parents arrived to check on their children, but others are in the country far from home.

At the school, not only were medics there to treat students and staff, but counselors, multilingual staff and faith-based professionals were also available to help.

There will be a community meeting on campus Friday morning at 8:30 in the College Center, Room 1161.

The school has established a hotline for families and community members with questions-- you can call 206-934-3672.