Two Heartland communities are mourning on Monday, October 26 after a deadly traffic crash early Sunday morning.
Six high school students were traveling in a vehicle near Ozark around 2:46 a.m. when the vehicle left the road and hit a tree.
Three teenagers were killed, while three others continue to fight for their lives. The driver was 18-year-old Jordan Davidson, of Goreville. A 15 year old and 17 year old from Vienna were killed. Their names have not been released.
“It’s hard to figure out what the right words are. I will say we can’t imagine what these families are going through. I know what I’m going through and it’s heartbreaking," said Vienna Superintendent Joshua Stafford.
Stafford was dealing with his own emotions as he guided his students through an unthinkable loss. He found the word clearly on the minds of Vienna students. They posted notes, top to bottom, on the lockers of the classmates they lost so suddenly.
“You know, these young men they weren’t just students here in our community and our county. They were sons, siblings, grandsons, involved in athletics and clubs and various things. And just had intricate connections to so many different people," Stafford said.
Vienna senior Emme Treat described her friendship with one of the young men.