INDEPENDENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Multiple media outlets have reported the identities of 2 teenagers killed in a crash Monday night in Independence County.
Camdon Osborn and Will Olson, both members of the Batesville High School football team, were killed when the vehicle they were riding in crashed into a tree. Four other teammates were injured when the Ford Mustang crashed.
Independence County Sheriff Steve Jeffery tells Region 8 News the accident happened at the intersection of McHue and Brushy Roads around 10:30 p.m.
The sheriff says the driver failed to negotiate a curve, left the road and hit a tree.
Neighbor Angela Goodwin told Region 8 News she heard the crash and called police to help.
"It was maybe 10:15 or 10:20 when I heard the crash," Goodwin said. "When the crash happened I heard a car alarm go off and so I knew it must be an accident. We have so many accidents here on Brushy Road and McHue Turn."
A preliminary crash report from Arkansas State Police shows the car was northbound on McHue traveling at a "high rate of speed." The road was wet and it was raining at the time of the crash.
The four other teenagers were taken to a Batesville hospital. The conditions of those injured are unknown at this time.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing, according to the sheriff.
On Tuesday, the First United Methodist Church held a candlelight vigil.
The vigil gave students, who were out of school for parent-teacher conferences, and a mourning community a place to gather and support one another.
"It is important during this tough time to have a safe place for kids to come, so we went ahead and had a vigil for the kids," said Joel Williams, lay reader for the vigil. "Kids could come and express their feelings and mourn properly about a loss that affects the entire community."
Batesville High School Principal David Campbell said the outpouring of love and support from the community is truly amazing.
Tuesday afternoon the football team met at its regular practice time; but, instead of taking to the field, they comforted each other and prayed for their teammates' speedy recovery.
Campbell and Coach Dave King talked with the players about the accident.
"We told them to come together and love each other. It doesn't sound too masculine, but to be the best teammate you can be," Campbell said. "Go home and tell your mom and dad you love them, tell you brother and sister you love them and, of course, we told all the boys we loved and cared about them today."
The school will have counselors on hand for students starting Wednesday.
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