Friday, June 01, 2001

Pickup wreck injures 4 Campbell Co. teens

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — Four Campbell County High School students, seated four across in the cab of a pickup truck,leaving campus on the last day of school, were injured Thursday when the truck left a rain-slick road, went through a fence and landed upside down in a creek.

        “They were very lucky,” Campbell County Schools spokesman Chris Gramke said of Joshua Martin, 16, of California, Ky.; Elizabeth Sigmon, 16, of Melbourne; Shana Weinel, 16, of Alexandria; and Megan Lang, 15, also of California.

        Police reports said the four were probably not using the two seat belts in the truck's cab.

[photo] Workers from a tow-truck service attach chains to a pickup that landed upside down in a creek Thursday, injuring four Campbell County High School students.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        Joshua, Shana and Megan were taken to St. Luke Hospital East in Fort Thomas. Joshua and Megan were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday night.

        Shana was being treated in the emergency room late Thursday, the spokeswoman said.

        Elizabeth was taken to University Hospital in Cincinnati by AirCare helicopter, where she was in serious condition Thursday night.

        According to police reports, the 1987 Nissan pickup being driven by Joshua was headed north on Ky. 915 at a high speed when the boy lost control on the wet road.

        “The rear tires were worn to the wear indicator,” police reports said.

        The pickup slid sideways on the road, which runs behind the high school, and went through a fence, traveled over a culvert wall and landed upside down.

        Two of the occupants were trapped and had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life.

        Neither police nor school officials could provide specifics on the students' conditions.

        Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the wreck, which remains under investigation.

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