ANDERSONVILLE (WATE) - A crash involving five Anderson County High School students Tuesday afternoon left three of them seriously injured.
They are identified as: Brenna Elise Moore, Vance Berrier, Karla Carroll, Tyler Hicks and Chad Bieckert.
Moore and Bieckert are in critical condition Wednesday at UT Medical Center. Berrier is listed as stable and no information is being released on Hicks. Carroll was treated and released on Tuesday.
The three teens with the worst injuries were flown to the hospital.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the group are all friends, ages 15 and 16. Four of the teens are from Anderson County. The other teen is from LaFollette in Campbell County.
The teens were traveling in a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Hicks. They were on their way to go fishing when they crashed around 12:40 p.m. on Andersonville Highway at Sportsman Road.
THP said Hicks lost control on a curve and the Tahoe flipped several times end over end. Some of the teens were thrown out.
THP said alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash, but seatbelt usage and speed were concerns.
A prayer vigil was held Tuesday night on the steps of Second Baptist Church in Clinton, and friends gathered at the hospital to support each other.
"I know they're real good people. I just want to pray for them," said friend Bryson Phillips.
"I was devastated, but at the same time you have to stay positive," said another friend, Adrian Owens.
The two girls were on the track team. Their first home meet was Tuesday.
"A lot of the girls are worried and upset. Those are their friends. They wanted to compete for their friends. They wanted to finish, but I had a couple who crossed the finish line with tears in their eyes. So that's been hard but we've tried to be there for them and help them through it," said girls track coach Ronnie Miller.
One mother bought pink ribbons for the girls to wear on their uniforms.
"We're all hurting tonight, missing them being here," Miller said.
"Of course, my immediate reaction was just a sinking stomach and oh no," said Anderson County High School Principal Andrea Russell.
She said the faculty got together to pray. Counselors will be on hand at the school Wednesday for anyone who needs them.
"Any time a tragedy occurs, especially around teenagers, it is very emotional for them. A lot of them wear their hearts on their sleeves anyway. I expect tomorrow to be a hard day at Anderson County High School," Russell said.
"I just ask that everybody pray for them and keep them in your heart," said their friend, Hunter McIntosh.
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