St. Landry

Jan 19, 2012 7:34 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Northwest High Students in Critical Condition After Major Accident

A few St Landry Parish teenagers are in critical condition after being involved in a major accident Wednesday night. It involved five high school students and one middle school student on Highway 3043.

It was a hard day for students and faculty at Northwest High in Prairie Ronde as five students were absent.

Principal, Gregory Campbell, said "a lot of the kids have become very emotional worried about their classmates and always asking questions, like how bad is it? how bad is it?"

Wednesday night the students were at school watching a basketball game. When it was over, they piled into an SUV after and headed home.

Officials said the vehicle was rounding the curve on Highway 3043, which isn't even a quarter of a mile away from the high school, when the driver lost control and the vehicle flipped, ejecting four of the passengers from it.

Campbell first heard about the accident from another principal but didn't know how bad it was until a call from a St. Landry Parish deputy.

"I didn't know the severity until she called me and said some of them were going to be air lifted to the hospital," he said.

Three of the students were released from hospitals Thursday morning, but three others remain in the hospital.

"A couple of bumps, bruises, scraps and then one or two in particular that were transported to the hospital have been in critical condition," Campbell said.

Now students and faculty are just waiting for updates and hoping for the best.



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