The Cincinnati Post reported that the bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team crashed on their way to spring training, killng four students, the driver and his wife. The cuase of the crash is unknown at this time. Many Blufton University students worried and waited while officiails released the names of the four students killed. Surviving teammates found phones in the wreckage and used them to call family members and friends. About 30 of the players returned home on Sunday, some limped off and some had slings.
The reporter reported on the human aspect of the story first. He wrote about how friends and family members were feeling when they were unsure of who survived the crash. This is the dramatic side of the crash, showing the terrible feeling of waiting to know who survived and who did not. "The agonizing wait for the university's 1,200 students left them not knowing whom they should pray for and whom they should mourn.
Nine hours passed before university officials released the names of the four students killed in Atlanta, along with the bus driver and his wife. Calls poured into the school's main switchboard, including some from relatives who had not heard from players." The unknown reason for the crash is not reported at the bottom of the story. It has less importance to the emotional side of how family members and friends did not know for a long time if their loved ones had survived.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter took a different approach to the story. She took the angle of how and why this crash took place. She listed the deaths in the lead, but after that discusses the speculation surrounding the crash. She also outlines the debate that is taking place as to how or if signs should be posted near the on-ramp the crash took place, in order to prevent more crashes. She does quote family members about the loss of their brother and other people about the crash towards the end of the story.
I think the story reported in teh Cincinnati Post was better because it showed a new aspect to the crash. The terrible feeling of waiting to hear from a loved one in the aftermath of a deadly accident is outlined with quotes from students and family members. It paints a picture of a different side of an accident.