An Indiana teenager was killed and three others were injured in a single-car crash Thursday afternoon on Ind. 11 near Elizabeth, minutes after leaving South Central Junior-Senior High School. Local authorities reported that the wreck happened shortly after 3:30 p.m., when the Honda Accord slipped off the northbound lane of Ind. 11. The driver then overcorrected and the car traveled about 60 yards before it spun across the southbound lane and slammed broadside into a tree, said Kevin Taylor, a Harrison County police officer.
The teen died of multiple blunt-force trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene by Harrison County Coroner Rusty Sizemore. Two classmates were transported by helicopter to Louisville hospitals. A fourth victim, senior Justin Behr, was transported from the scene by ambulance, according to Keith Marshall, South Central’s principal.
“Speed definitely appeared to be a factor,” Taylor said. An investigation is continuing and an Indiana State Police is in the process of reconstructing the accident.
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