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Five Crashes In Three Days Involve Teens



There were five automobile crashes last week, all involving persons between the ages of 16 to 18, most of whom were Four County Career Center students.

Michael D. Bodenbender, Henry County sheriff, said while deputies always try to be in the area of the Career Center before and after school, they will make an extra effort now.

Tim Meister, FCCC superintendent, said school staff always heavily emphasize safety on the road and in the FCCC facility.

No special assembly or announcement is planned in response to the rash of crashes.

“We address safety daily,” Meister said.

“For the first two or three weeks of school, we’re on the PA (public address system) daily, reminding students to drive safely. We have a safety assembly. We think we do our due diligence.

“However, we are always looking to improve safety.”

The safety message is continuous, he said.

“It’s an entire year-long process.”

Traffic Flow

Contrary to some reports, not all vehicles leaving at the end of the day are required to go north on St. Rt. 66.

Meister said all vehicles leaving by the school’s north driveway are required to turn right, or north, to avoid having young drivers make a left turn on a heavily-traveled highway.

Meister said a second driveway on the south side of campus was opened to alleviate traffic. The second driveway “is not a new thing,” he said.

Meister said FCCC officials are continuously reviewing traffic patterns around the facility.

Statistics

In all, there were 18 persons involved in the five wrecks that occurred Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Friday, Aug. 23. All occurred between 3:21 and 3:27 pm.

The first day of school at FCCC was Monday, Aug. 19.

Among the 18 persons, two were transported by Ridgeville Rescue to the Fulton County Health Center, where they were treated and released.

Two others were taken by private vehicle to Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers Bryan, where they were also treated and released.

One girl was flown via helicopter ambulance to the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Information about one driver was unavailable, so that person’s age is unknown.

All others either refused treatment, were not transported by ambulance, or were uninjured.

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