UPDATE @11:29 a.m.: A 17-year-old student suffered life-threatening injuries when she was ejected from a car on her way to the Monroe High School prom Friday night.
The teen was seated in the rear seat when the car went off Millikin Road at around 7:30 p.m. and flipped, according to Lt. Morgan Dallman, commander of the Liberty Twp. post of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. She was flown to University of Cincinnati Medical Center after the crash.
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Another 17-year-old student was driving the car when Dallman said she veered off the right side of the road in the eastbound lane, over-corrected and went off the left side of the road.
An 18-year-old male who was in the front passenger seat was trapped and had to be extricated. Another 17-year old male was also hurt in the accident. All three of those students were taken by ambulance to West Chester Hospital.
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Dallman said speed was definitely a factor in the crash, but at this time investigators don’t believe drugs or alcohol were involved.
“It appears speed was a factor, as far as alcohol and drugs, it’s still under investigation, but do not believe it was a factor,” he said. “But we still have to rule that out.”
Dallman said he does not know the condition of the students today.
“Hopefully everybody pulls through,” he said.
EARLIER: Four Monroe High School students were involved in an accident on their way to prom Friday.
Our partners at WCPO reported that one teen was trapped inside the wrecked vehicle while another teen was ejected.
One teen was airlifted from the Millikin Road crash to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and the other three were transported by ambulance to the West Chester Hospital, according to police.
Students at prom were notified of the crash and extra staff and counselors were available to help the victims’ classmates, according to the high school’s Facebook page.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our students and their families,” Monroe Board of Education president Brett Guido said.
The victims remain hospitalized and their families are with them, according to the high school’s Facebook page.