Community reflects on AC5 crash one year later

Community reflects on AC5 crash one year later

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By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - It has been one year since the serious Anderson County crash that sent five teens to the hospital with three of them in critical condition and friends of the victims said they were doing well in their recovery, both physically and emotionally.

Friends and supporters are taking to the Internet to send their messages of thankfulness for the recovery of all of the teens who became known as the AC5 through social media.

Annie Viles tweeted: "I can't believe it's already been a year #ac5. So thankful that these precious babies were miracles."

Kala Stringer, who told 6 News she is dating one of the AC5, tweeted: "One year since ac5 #Blessed. I love you so much."

The teens, all ages 15 through 16 at the time, were on their way to a fishing trip when the 16-year-old driver lost control on a curve and flipped the Chevrolet Tahoe several times on Andersonville Highway.

Brenna Moore, Chad Bieckert and Tyler Hicks were the most seriously injured. Vance Barrier and Karla Carroll were also taken to the hospital.  Police said some of the teens were not wearing seatbelts.

According to a Facebook page dedicated to their recovery, Moore returned home from a rehabilitation center in Atlanta five months after the crash.

Anderson County High School students said the teens involved in the crash are doing well and are all back in school.

"They're doing a lot better," ACHS student Josh Powell said. "Last year, it was crazy. People were just in the hallway having prayer circles and it was a pretty dramatic experience."

"It's changed the school a lot because people are safer," Antonio Velez said. "I always pay attention to speed signs now and wear my seatbelt.

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