Mourning continues, area residents step up to help family

CALCUTTA – While the community continues to mourn the loss of two residents in a car crash Sunday, the Beaver Local School District has stepped up to help its students deal with the tragedy, which also left a student hospitalized.

Jamie and Meghann Nign were killed Sunday when their vehicle was struck head-on by another vehicle. An 11-year-old friend of the family was also killed in the crash, and the couple’s four children were all hospitalized with serious injuries.

Superintendent Kent Polen said Tuesday that counselors were brought in to speak with Calcutta Elementary students, where the Nign’s 6-year-old daughter, Savannah, is in first grade.

Polen said that, in addition, the school will be holding a fund raiser for the family, most likely to purchase gasoline and grocery gift cards.

Meanwhile, the Calcutta Fire Department, where the husband and wife were both firefighters, are partnering with Glenmoor Fire Department and North Star Critical Care and expect to have a bank account established by today for the family, according to Chief Scott Smith.

Mrs. Nign was an EMT at NSCC.

Smith said the fire department was waiting for funeral arrangements to be finalized by the families to determine what part it will take, but firefighters have thus far planned a walk-through at Mr. Nign’s services.

A benefit dinner for the family is planned for 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the FireStreet Grille in East Liverpool, which is owned by fellow CVFD firefighter Scott Cox and his family.