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Three South Ripley teens killed in wreck
Staff, Wire Services
Friday, March 08, 2013 10:00 AM
Three teens were killed when the trucks they were in collided on a Ripley County Road. The students had attended a FFA meeting earlier. (ISP photo)
State police say three teenagers were killed when two pickup trucks collided in Ripley County after the students left a school function where they were supposed to remain the entire school day.
Sgt. Noel Houze said at a news conference that the six South Ripley High School students riding in the two trucks had been excused from school to attend an Indiana FFA Association event at Hopewell Church near Versailles.
Houze said the trucks collided shortly after 9:30 a.m. Thursday after both drivers ran a four-way stop and one truck hit the other broadside. Both trucks went off the road and traveled about 100 feet into a cornfield.
Timothy C. Bowman, 17, of Osgood; Jacob Vogel, 18, of Versailles; and Samantha R. Hanson, 18, of Holton, died at the scene. Houze said all three were wearing seat belts.
Thomas D. Crawford, 17, of Dillsboro, was transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville then transferred to University of Cincinnati Hospital with chest injuries.
Caleb M. Cumberworth, 15, of Holton suffered a minor injury to his hand. He was transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville.
Kayla Adkinson, 15, of Holton, was transported to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville and later transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital with unknown injuries.
Rob Moorhead, South Ripley Schools superintendent, said the students were participating in a school-approved Soil and Water Conservation meeting at Hopewell Baptist Church, serving breakfast as part of the South Ripley Chapter of the FFA.
The students were scheduled to be at the event for the entire school day. It was unclear why they left the event early.
South Ripley provided grief counselors to students today and will continue to do so as needed. Grief counselors will also be available for staff and parents.
The crash remains under investigation.
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