BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove has identified the four people killed when a CSX train plowed into a charter bus Tuesday.
Two of the victims in Tuesday's bus/train crash in Biloxi are husband and wife, Ken and Peggy Hoffman. Both are former school administrators with the Lockhart Independent School District just outside Austin, Texas.
The Lockhart Independent School District sent an email Tuesday night announcing the tragic news. The couple's granddaughter also works for the school district and confirmed family members had been notified.
Hargrove said Clinton Havran, 79, and Deborah Orr, 62, also died as a result of the crash. According to Hargrove, the Hoffmans, of Lockhart, TX, and Havran, of Sealy, TX, died at the scene. Orr, of Bastrop, TX, died after undergoing surgery at Merit Health Biloxi just after 6 p.m.
Four crosses and flowers now mark the spot where the deadly crash happened.
Kenneth Hoffman, 82, worked as an administrator in the school district's office while Peggy, 73, worked as an administrator at Plum Creek Elementary School. Those who knew the couple posted their memories on Facebook.
Olivia LeeAnn Smith wrote, "Peggy was my first-grade principal when I first moved to Lockhart. I was 6 years old and scared of adjusting to a new town and new school. She made me feel very welcomed to Lockhart as I attended Plum Creek Elementary School. I also then had her as principal my junior year of high school to which she again [was] the same kind hearted person. I'm sick to my stomach about this. Why did she have to go like this?"
School Superintendent Susan Bohn released a statement to KHOU about the couple's death that reflected just how much they meant to their community.
"Ken and Peggy served us as colleagues, teachers, and leaders in our community. We feel their loss deeply across the district, remembering the mark that they made upon us and upon a generation of children in our community.
The Hoffmans had a number of family members who currently work in LISD, and our thoughts and prayers are with them especially at this time. To those of you who had the opportunity to know, learn from, and love the Hoffmans, please accept my sincerest condolences on behalf of your LISD family.
Please join me in supporting each other as we grieve, and praying for Ken and Peggy's family. The district will share information about arrangements when it becomes available."
The Hoffman family is meeting Wednesday morning and will let the school district know of arrangements or any other tributes.
Wednesday afternoon, Bastrop Police Chief Steve Adcock said a fund has been set up at First National Bank of Bastrop to collect donations for the crash victims and their families. The account is called "The Biloxi Senior Trip," and donations can be made by calling 512-321-2561. The Bastrop Senior Center is in charge of the fund.
Adcock also said many of the victims who have been released from the hospital are on the way home, where crowds of supporters will be waiting. Several car dealerships, including one here in South Mississippi, volunteered to give the survivors a ride.
"We want to make sure that they have a way home. There are a number of people that simply do not want to get on a bus. Can you blame them," Adcock said.
Meanwhile, NTSB investigators will begin their work at the Biloxi crossing early Wednesday morning. Witnesses say the charter bus filled with about 50 seniors got stuck on the tracks just before getting hit by a CSX train. Four people died and dozens were injured in the crash.