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Nash, Chapel Hill Students Killed in Accidents

Posted October 11, 1996

— Dozens of Nash County teens are visiting the site of a single car accident that killed three students from Southern Nash High School Wednesday morning.

Reagan Moss, 17, (pictured above, center), his girlfriend Mandy Baker, 17, (pictured above, right) and Amanda Hamm, 15, (not pictured) were killed in the accident.

Baker's 15-year-old sister, Deborah Baker, was airlifted from the scene to Duke Medical Center, where she underwent surgery. As of Friday evening, she was listed in serious condition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Students were offered the services of a counselor at school Thursday, and were allowed to leave school if they were distraught by the news ofheir fellow students' deaths. By late afternoon, a makeshift memorial had been arranged at the foot of Turkey Creek bridge, the site of the accident.

That area has reportedly been the scene of many accidents over the years. Some of those gathered at the site Thursday evening were there to remember other people who were killed in similar accidents.

Police say obstructed vision was the cause of the crash because bright sunlight prevented the driver from seeing the bridge. While none of the four students were wearing seatbelts, police say they were not speeding.

Assistant Fire Chief Chris Bantley says there are many accidents at that spot, and that rescue workers have come to expect calls about them.

The principal of Southern Nash High says students, teachers and staff are in a state of shock.

Friends of the accident victims visited the bridge Thursday afternoon, some bringing flowers or ribbons to place at the site.

Heidi Naroben (below, left) and Cathy Jones (below, right), both friends of the victims, said they couldn't believe what had happened.

Counselors say it will take quite some time for the close=knit school community to get over the trauma of losing these students.

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