Massachusetts Communities Remember Young Men Killed In Wrong-Way Crash

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HYANNIS, Mass. — The flag outside of Barnstable High School was flying at half staff on Tuesday, in memory of two popular graduates who were among the five killed early Monday morning in a fiery wrong-way crash in Middleborough.

Kraig Diggs, 20, and Jordan Galvin-Jutras, 19, graduated from Barnstable High in 2015. The school made counselors available to students and staff shaken by the deaths.

Diggs and Galvin-Jutras were cousins and best friends. They were with another cousin — Jordan Fisher, of Harwich, who was 19, and another friend, 18-year-old Cory Licata, of Babylon, New York, when the car they were in was hit head-on on Interstate 495 in Middleborough. The car burst into flames, and all four were killed.

The news hit especially hard at the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills fire station. Chief Michael Winn said Galvin-Jutras was their 2014-'15 Barnstable High School intern.

"Jordan joined us at the start of his senior year," Winn said. "[He] spent four days a week here at the fire station in that internship capacity, operating with the firefighters on duty. He would do chores, he would do housework, he would do maintenance, he would do training and he would respond on calls."

Galvin-Jutras was enrolled in the Fire Science program at Anna Maria College in Paxton, and had hoped to rejoin the station as a full-fledged firefighter. Chief Winn said Galvin-Jutras had a larger than life personality and a smile that would light up a room.

"But what stood out for us — from the first day we met him until he graduated — was his honesty, his politeness, and the respect he gave to the members here," Winn said.

All four young men were heading back to colleges in the Worcester area after a weekend on the Cape. Diggs, the driver of the car, also attended Anna Maria and was studying international business.

The small Catholic college held a community meeting and grief counseling sessions Monday, then a prayer service Monday night.

"We're devastated by the news," said Andrew Klein, the college's vice president for student affairs. "We also grieve for the other young people who lost their lives that night."

Klein said the Anna Maria community is praying for everyone involved in the accident. He knew Diggs and Galvin-Jutras enough to say hello, but he says many at the school knew them well.

"They didn't have, like, a single affiliation on campus, but they knew everybody. They were the kind of guys who were just fun to be around. You'd want a thousand of them on your campus," Klein said. "They were just friendly, always a smile, always a laugh. It seems like everybody on campus knew them in one way or another."

Jordan Fisher and Cory Licata were students at Becker College in Worcester.

State Police have identified the driver whose car hit them as 31-year-old Valantein Burson of Fall River. Police haven't commented on what may have led her to travel the wrong way on the highway.

This segment aired on October 25, 2016.


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