The University of Georgia is mourning the loss of four students killed in a vehicular accident.
"Heartbreaking and tragic."
Those are the words UGA President Jere Morehead used to describe Wednesday night's fatal crash near Watkinsville that killed four female UGA students.
Oconee County authorities say the accident happened when two vehicles collided on Georgia State Route 15.
The victims have been identified as: Kayla Canedo, 19, of Alpharetta; Brittany Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; Christina Semeria, 19, of Milton; and Halle Scott, 19, of Dunwoody.
The driver of the car, Agnes Kim, 21, of Snellville, is in critical condition.
The driver of the second car, Abby Short, 27, of Demorest was injured and hospitalized.
No word yet on what caused the accident. Authorities say they believe alcohol was not a factor.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.
Around the state, flags will be lowered to half-staff on state properties until sunset on Friday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered.
Morehead said he doesn't recall such a tragic event in his three decades at the university, where he was a professor and administrator before being named president in 2013.
"This is something that the university hasn't faced before," he said, adding that "we will face it, we will provide support for each other."
The students who died were active in campus activities such as the Greek system and religious organizations, Morehead said.
Friends, sorority sisters and relatives of the victims were gathered at the Athens hospital overnight, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said in a statement. The university president was also there, talking to family members who arrived during the night.
"I told them that I cannot imagine how any of them are facing this kind of tragedy and loss, and that our university stands ready to assist them in any way, to support them in any way, and we want them to know that they are not alone," Morehead said.