Four Teens Killed in Upshur Wreck

From the Charleston Gazette:

Four teens killed in Upshur wreck

By The Associated Press

BUCKHANNON — Four teens were killed and one was injured Saturday when their vehicle lost control and struck a tree, according to the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.

Hannah Laurel Browning, 18, of Rock Cave and Buckhannon residents Anna Rae Wamsley, 17; Lindsey Jenell Rose, 19; and Shasta T. Rutledge-Andrick, 18 were killed when their 2004 Ford F-150 pick-up truck struck a tree, according to Upshur County Chief Deputy M.R. Kelley.

Kelley said he would not identify the surviving 17-year-old female, who was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown for treatment. She was reported to be in stable condition late Sunday, Kelley said.

The incident, which occurred on Gaines Road at approximately 4:31 p.m., remains under investigation.

Some of the victims were students at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, said Kelley.

“We are suffering a great loss and although this community has suffered losses before, this is the greatest for the high school,” said Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Charles Chandler. “We are trying to offer every opportunity for these young children and adolescents to receive counseling and lean on each other.”

All schools in the county will operate on a two-hour delay to give students some time to grieve.

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