Ind. (AP) — Three teenagers leaving a school function at a church were
killed when the two pickup trucks they were riding in collided at a rural
intersection Thursday in southeastern Indiana, according to state police.
occurred about 45 miles west of Cincinnati and involved six students from
South Ripley High School in the small community of Versailles, Sgt. Noel
Houze said. The students had just left a Future Farmers of America event
at a rural church when at least one of the drivers ran a stop sign, he
Dodge truck hit a smaller Ford F-150 in the driver's side door. One girl
and two boys died at the scene, Houze said. The three other students were
taken to University Hospital in Cincinnati, but Houze didn't know how
seriously they were hurt. He said three students were in each truck, and
people in each vehicle died.
None of the
victims' names has been released. Their high school has about 370
crash was the latest in handful of recent tragedies in Versailles, a town
of only about 2,000 people. In the last year, an 18-year-old girl died
after crashing her car while texting, a 15-year-old girl was killed in an
ATV accident last May, and a beloved teacher died in a plane crash in
January. Fatal tornadoes also ripped through the town last March.
"These are all
very, very tight communities and everyone knows everyone," said Katherine
Taul, director of the Ripley County Tourism Bureau. "So even if you
weren't directly connected or related to them, it still touches
community's been hit by so many sad things lately," Taul added.