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Cornell alum dies in tragic Sunday night bus crash

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

Written by Mark H. Anbinder

A 33-year-old California woman is dead after a bus heading from Ithaca to New York City crashed along Interstate 380 in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, according to WNEP. We understand the bus was being operated by Big Red Bullet as part of their regular service. Big Red Bullet has not responded to an inquiry Monday morning.

"Cornell University has learned that one of our alumni, Rebecca Blanco, MBA ’17, lost her life in the tragic Sunday night bus accident in Northern Pennsylvania," according to a statement from Cornell vice president for university relations Joel Malina.

Cornell's statement adds:

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Cornell Health’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling the Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service (EARS) at 607-255-3277. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673. An Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. For additional resources, visit


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