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KHS Students Hospitalized After Crash
January 23, 2008 - Driver error has been cited as the primary cause of a single-vehicle accident in eastern Hancock County that injured several Knightstown High School students Sunday evening.
According to an accident report released by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, 16-year-old Trey Carroll III lost control of his 2006 Chevy Trailblazer just before 9 p.m. while traveling west on County Road 250-North, just east of Grandison Road. The report says that after driving off the right side of the road, Carroll overcorrected his steering while trying to get back on the road, causing his SUV to flip and land upside down in the cornfield lying to the south of the road.
The accident report says Carroll and his five passengers - 16-year-old Micah Matlock of New Castle, 15-year-old Nicholas Hochstedler of Knightstown, 16-year-old Lucas Hochstedler of Knightstown, 16-year-old Cory Wisehart of Shirley, and 16-year-old Gage King of Kennard - were all wearing lap and harness seatbelts. HCSD Major Joe Hunt, the department's spokesperson, credited the seatbelts with keeping the vehicle's occupants from being ejected or injured any worse than they were.
HCSD Deputy Jake Smith's accident report says Carroll and King were both bleeding severely over their entire bodies, and that Matlock had minor bleeding. The other three boys, according to the report, complained of pain.
Hunt said the Lifeline helicopter from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis had been called for one of the injured boys and that other five had been taken by ambulance to Hancock Regional Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He said none of the injuries were life-threatening.
At least two of the students, Lucas Hochstedler and King, were still hospitalized at press time.
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