Tulane: Margaret Maurer killed in freak accident at I-10 rest stop – Biloxi Sun Herald

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Minnesota native Margaret “Meg” Maurer had found a home to put her passion for wetlands, science and nature to work when she became one of few selected as a Newcomb scholar at Tulane University in New Orleans. The 21-year-old native of Forest, Minn., was studying ecology and evolutionary biology at Tulane at the time of her death in a freak accident Tuesday at a rest area off Interstate 10 in Jackson County. “She was going to do an exhibition of her work in the next couple of weeks, ” Aidan Smith, the director of the Newcomb Scholars Program, said Wednesday. “We are thinking of still doing that with her artwork.” Maurer’s death has devastated those who knew her. Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to the Sun Herald #ReadLocal “I worked with Meg from the time she was a freshman, ” Smith said. “She had so many interests. She loved nature. She loved science. .


And she was one of the most compassionate and kind people that I’ve had the opportunity to teach. She will missed by both her peers and faculty here. Her loss is tremendous.” Gautier police are investigating Maurer’s death. She was one of three New Orleans-area college students who had stopped Tuesday afternoon at the rest area between Exit 61 to Gautier and the Pascagoula River Bridge. Maurer died when she was struck by tires that broke off a tractor trailer traveling westbound on the interstate, police said. She was walking back to her car on the east side of I-10. The truck’s driver realized something had detached from his tractor trailer, got off the interstate and turned around to find out what had happened. The driver, identified only as a driver for Dana Transports, Inc., out of Avenel, New Jersey, stopped at Exit 61 (Mississippi 613), where authorities interviewed him. When police spoke to the driver, Capt. .

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