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Police ID 4 juveniles killed in Jackson County, IN crash, including 2 Seymour High students

Published: Aug. 26, 2018 at 10:44 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2018 at 12:30 AM EDT
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The Jackson County Sheriff's Department was back on scene Sunday morning. (Source: Mike...
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department was back on scene Sunday morning. (Source: Mike Fussell, WAVE 3 News)

CORTLAND, IN (WAVE) - A crash has killed four people in Jackson County, all under the age of 17.

The incident happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday in Cortland, Indiana on State Road 258, according to the Jackson County Sheriff Office.

Eight juveniles were struck in the crash. Four of them died, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

Naveah Law, 14 of Brownstown, Jenna A. Helton, 14, of Seymour and Brittany Watson, 15, of Bardstown were deceased at the scene. Martin Martinez, 16, of Seymour was flown by helicopter to Methodist Hospital and was deceased on arrival.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirmed it was a two-car crash.

The family was having a slumber birthday party for a daughter when the vehicle broke down a block from their home. The kids came out to push the vehicle and were struck from behind by another car, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said.

Three of the four other victims hit by the car, all girls age 14 to 15, were injured and transported. The last, a 15-year-old-girl, was treated and released.

Another little girl, age 12, was not struck but was riding inside the vehicle when it was hit. She was transported to Schneck Medial by Jackson County Ambulance, treated and released.

Harold Weddell said he was home last night when the crash killed four people in front of his house.

"Where did all these red lights come from all at once?" Weddell said he was thinking.

The next day, he looked on as the Jackson County Sheriff's Department used a drone to investigate.

"I can tell you what I'd like to do," Weddell said. "I'd like to head out here and add speed bumps."

While all the details of what caused the crash are not yet clear, Weddell said the area can be dangerous.

"I've ended up hit twice out here," Weddell said. "They head up along here way too fast and it's just a habit."

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Seymour High School Principal Greg Prange said two of the people killed in the wreck were students at the school.

He said there will be extra counselors, as well as youth ministers, at the school on Monday.

He sent WAVE 3 News this message on Sunday:

"Arrangements have not been announced yet. We will share that information with the students when they are released. There are many family members, friends, and students, not only at SHS, but at area schools and communities, who are grieving this morning. We pray for peace, comfort, and understanding as we all go through this together."

Prange said he also plans to address the student body on Monday morning.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone who may have witnessed the vehicle being pushed by children is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 812-358-2141.

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