Four of five teens injured in crash released from hospital: UPDATED

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OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Four of five teenagers injured in a crash near Kaukauna have been released from the hospital, according to the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office.

The driver has been identified as a 16-year-old boy from Little Chute.

The driver had four female passengers from Kaukauna High School. Two of the victims are 14-year-old girls, one victim is a 15-year-old girl; and a fourth victim is 16 years old.

One of the 14-year-old girls remains hospitalized in critical condition. She was in the front seat of the vehicle.

The other teens were released from the hospital.

The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office says the five teens were traveling on County Road GG and failed to stop at the intersection, striking a pickup truck on County Road Z in the Town of Buchanan.

"We need everybody to know that we aren't going to tolerate this. We aren't going to tolerate bad accidents like this happening when they shouldn't, when there clearly isn't a reason for it," says Sgt. Nate Borman from the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says it will not publicly identify the teens. Deputies still have to interview them about what happened leading up to the crash, but the Outagamie County Sheriff's Office is encouraging parents to talk with young drivers about avoiding distractions.

The Kaukauna High School Trauma Team met Monday and Tuesday with the goal of coming up with a plan to support the victims' families, as well as students and staff.

School counselors are available if needed.

The school district sent a message out to parents:

"Today, February 12th, a car accident occurred over the lunch period. This accident involved four Kaukauna High School students. At this point, we know that all four students have been transported to a hospital to be treated. The parents of all affected students have been contacted. Student services staff are available if you need assistance. Students, please know that we will be sharing this information with parents and guardians, informing them of this incident. Staff, please be understanding of cell phone use, as parents may be reaching out to their students to ensure their safety. Please know that we will be sharing more information as we know more."

Photos from the scene show both vehicles went off the road after the collision.

Jaws of Life were needed to get four of the juveniles who were trapped in the car.

The five were transported by ThedaStar helicopter and by ambulance.

The driver of the pickup truck was also hurt, but police said her injuries were less severe. She's identified only as a 24-year-old woman from Plainfield.

The crash was reported at 11:51 a.m. The intersection was closed for about three hours.



 
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