Oakwood Aeolians Show Bravery in the Face of Fiery Crash

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Oakwood Aeolians Show Bravery in the Face of Fiery Crash

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San Francisco, Calif. USA – The Oakwood University Aeolians touring choir was involved in a fiery bus accident, just hours before a scheduled performance in San Francisco, California.

According to a press release from Oakwood University’s Office of Integrated Marketing and Public Relations, the accident occurred around 12:25 am PST on May 4, 2019, as students traveled from the San Francisco airport to their hotel accommodations.

Additional news sources reveal that a broken down SUV in the road triggered the accident, as drivers swerved to avoid colliding with the vehicle. One car slammed into the back of the bus, killing the driver, and burst into flames. The fire then spread to the touring bus. Fortunately, students and staff were able to get out before the entire frame was engulfed, destroying all personal items and belongings.

EMTs checked students and staff at the scene and no life-threatening injuries were reported. Choir director Jason Ferdinand shares that they were,

shaken up, very much so, but thankful we lost things and not lives.”

The choir did not allow this tragedy to keep them from sharing their talents. Later that day, they performed at the Philadelphian Adventist Church in San Francisco.

The world-renown Aeolians choral group has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and won multiple choral competitions. Despite the acclaim, their website shares:

In everything that the Aeolians do today, service is first. Whether it be sharing in worship during rehearsal, or ministering at church; whether it be competing in a world class competition or embracing little children on the mission field, the Aeolians are there to answer the call and to, ‘Do the will of my Father who sent me!’ Many lives have been touched all over the world by what this choir has done for the last 70 years.

If you would like to help Aeolian members replace some of their belongings, Oakwood University has set up an account at give.oakwood.edu.

Oakwood University is a historically black Seventh-day Adventist University in Huntsville, Alabama. It is owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

For continued updates on this story visit Oakwood University’s Facebook Page.

Editorial Note: If you want to support these brave singing ministers of the gospel here are two methods to do so (1) Text to give: OAKS to 56512 Area of Support: Aeolians. (2) Or visit give.oakwood.edu.

Editorial Note: This article was written by Beth Thomas and was originally published on Adventist News Network. It has been republished here with permission.

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