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Hedgesville students critically injured in crash

November 08, 2004

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Two Hedgesville High School students were in critical condition Sunday after the car they were riding in slid more than 100 feet on Hammond's Mill Road and struck a tree, police said.

The crash happened about midnight Saturday south of Allensville Road, said Deputy S.D. Myers of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

At the request of the teenagers' families, their names are not being released, Myers said. One of the victims is a 17-year-old boy and the second is a 17-year-old girl, according to a news release from the sheriff's department.

The male was driving a car at a high rate of speed and was trying to pass another car when he lost control of the vehicle, the release said.

Both teenagers were trapped in the wreckage and rescue crews had to use chain saws and the Jaws of Life to free them, the release said.

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Rescue crews worked for about 15 minutes to free the youths, the release said.

The female was flown from the scene to Inova Fairfax Hospital and the male was taken to City Hospital and later transferred to Washington County Hospital, the release said.

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