Anderson County teens show support for friends injured in crash

Anderson County teens show support for friends injured in crash

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Brenna Elise Moore (source: Facebook) Brenna Elise Moore (source: Facebook)
Vance Berrier (source: Facebook) Vance Berrier (source: Facebook)
Chad Bieckert (source: Facebook) Chad Bieckert (source: Facebook)
Tyler Hicks (source: Anderson County Schools) Tyler Hicks (source: Anderson County Schools)

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) – Anderson County High School students continue to show support for five friends injured in an end-over-end crash Tuesday.

Two of the students were critically injured. They've been identified as Brenna Moore and Chad Bieckert. The driver, Tyler Hicks, was also injured. Vance Berrier is in stable condition. A fifth victim, Karla Carroll, was treated and released. All the students were taken to UT Medical Center.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the students were in a Chevrolet Tahoe Tuesday afternoon on Andersonville Highway when Hicks lost control going around a curve. The Tahoe flipped several times.

Travis Rains was on his way to the hospital Wednesday to check on his friends. "I think I can see Vance, but I don't know about the other ones," he said. "I just want to talk to them and make them know we're here for them."

At Anderson County High School the mood was somber. Many students, faculty and staff members wore school colors to show support for the injured students support.

Six counselors were on hand to help. Students also made banners and posters to cope with their emotions.

In Clinton, a large boulder was painted for the students involved in the accident.

Anderson County High School Principal Andrea Russell says it's been an emotional day for everyone. "We are of course sick about them, hoping everything is okay and praying that they get better. We are all emotional just like the kids today," she said.

Travis Rains said being at school Wednesday was difficult, knowing his friends were in the hospital.

"I know everyone, but I'm real close to Chad. We've known each other since the fifth grade and we were raised up together. I'm worried a lot about him and everyone else," Rains said.

"It scares me. I know to put my seatbelt on now and everybody tells me to put my seatbelt on but I think it's not a big deal but it is now," said Rains.

According to the wrecker service, the Tahoe was taken to the highway patrol impound lot for further investigation. 

It's an accident that has caused many students, like Rains, to rethink their habits. Troopers said the Tahoe's speed was a factor in the crash and several of the students weren't wearing seatbelts.

6 News was also told Karla Carroll, the student who was released from the hospital, is understandably upset, but doing fine physically.

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