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Two siblings, friend killed in late night wreck

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Emergency responders were called out to a bad wreck in the New Madrid County town of Gideon Monday night.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, three people were killed in the crash and another seriously injured.

Killed in the single vehicle crash were: the driver Dylan Cornett, 19, from Gideon, and passengers Hayley Cagle, 15, and Scottie Vires, 31, both from Gideon. Gary Cagle, 14, of Gideon was seriously injured and flown by helicopter to Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.  Gary was later taken to Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis.  Gideon Principal Keenan Buchanan says Gary is expected to recover.

The Patrol reports the crash happened at 10:20 Monday night on Main St. in Gideon. According to the crash report, the driver, Dylan Cornett, failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road. He then hit a ditch, utility pole and large tree.

Gary Cagle, Hayley Cagle, and Scottie Vires are all siblings.

A guidance counselor says this is the first death of a student in school in more than a decade.  Buchanan says the school called in extra counselors and a pastor for students.  He addressed student in a schoolwide assembly.

"Everybody will do everything they can to help the people that have been affected," said Marilyn Owens, Gideon High School counselor.  "That's one thing about this community and that's why I love working here.  It is like a family.  We're more like a family than like a school system."

School officials say most of the students found out about the crash Monday night, but some did not find out until they got to school Tuesday.

Dylan Cornett just graduated from Gideon High School in May.  Hayley Cagle was a sophomore.  Gary Cagle is a freshman at the school.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol crash report no one in the 2008 Pontiac was wearing a seat belt.

There has been an account set up at First Commercial Bank in Gideon for donations to cover expenses for the families involved in the wreck. The address is PO BOX 195 Gideon, Mo 63848.  Check should be made payable to Cagle Family Benefit.

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