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Trip turns tragicThe day’s after» March 1, 2007: Bus carrying 33 Bluffton baseball players and coaches leaves for tournament in Sarasota, Fla.» March 2 (early morning): Bus topples off the side of an Atlanta highway overpass. It slams into the pavement about 30 feet below, killing players Tyler Williams, Scott Harmon, David Betts and Cody Holp, and bus driver and wife, Jerome “Jerry” and Jean Niemeyer» Later March 2: Late morning prayer service held on campus, candlelight vigil that night» March 9: Fifth player, Zachary Arend, dies.» March 10: CNN re-enactment of crash airs on television. Accident continues to get national media attention » March 12: Memorial service held on campus» March 17: Coach James Grandey returns home» March 30: Bluffton team takes field, plays first game since accident. Tim Berta, in a coma since crash, opens eyes» April 4: Lima Senior and Elida school officials announce creation of the Scott Harmon-Tyler Williams Trophy» April 15: Bluffton officials return to Atlanta to say thank you» May 1: School announces plan to renovate baseball field and build permanent memorial. Major League Baseball pledges $50,000» May 2: Bluffton team’s story featured in “Sports Illustrated”» May 7: Coach James Grandey throws ceremonial pitch and team honored at Cincinnati Reds game. Cleveland Indians also honor team » Nov. 8: Sen. Sherrod Brown and Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison introduce motorcoach safety bill, requiring safety belts and other safety features. 2008» March 2: Team returns to Sarasota, Fla., to play in tournament; victims remembered before game» March 12: School memorial service and unveiling of “Circle of Remembrance” permanent memorial» March 18: Bluffton University Memorial Field dedicated. Tim Berta throws out first pitch» July 8: National Transportation Safety Board cites driver error, confusing highway signs and lack of passenger safety features as factors in crash» July 16: Georgia transportation officials announce they will replace a confusing sign at the left-hand interstate exit where crash occurred. Also to replace all car-pool lane signs on metro Atlanta interstates2012» Today: Service of Remembrance scheduled for noon at Circle of Remembrance» Today: Betts family to dedicate baseball/softball complex in Bryan» Saturday: Team leaves for tournament in Florida, taking airline flight

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