Brandeis Bus Crash Victim Mourned, Classes Canceled

by Chris Wangler

November 20, 2022

The Brandeis community is mourning a shocking shuttle bus crash Saturday night that killed undergraduate student Vanessa Mark, 25.

“While Vanessa was currently on leave, she was living in Waltham and was an active and cherished member of the Brandeis community,” said Brandeis president Ron Leibowitz in a statement Sunday.

He promised updates on honoring Vanessa’s memory as an emergency support meeting was held by the Brandeis student union and others on Sunday morning (closed to media).

Brandeis offered grief counseling resources to students and staff, and classes were canceled on Monday and Tuesday.


Meanwhile, passersby near the Watermill Center at 800 South Street tried to piece together what caused the deadly crash around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.


The bus, apparently operated by Joseph’s Transportation of Medford, was contracted by Brandeis and was transporting students back from Northeastern in Boston. 

Carrying an unknown number of passengers, the northbound bus was badly mangled after it struck a tree around 10:30 p.m. Vanessa Mark was declared dead at the scene.


Twenty-six students and the driver were transported to area hospitals, some with bleeding head wounds. Nearly all had been released by Sunday afternoon, according to Brandeis.


Shattered branches, broken glass and mangled signs still littered the field of crash debris on Sunday. No charges have been announced, and the crash remains under investigation.

Photos: Peter Lobo