Habersham Co. - Habersham Central High School (HCHS) is mourning the death of one of its students after an early morning wreck.
The wreck occurred at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, on Camp Creek and Wilson Road, according to authorities.
“One of the Habersham County Deputies, responding to the area was originally dispatched, came upon the wreck,” Emergency Services Director Chad Black tells WCHM.
Black states that they had two individuals trapped, “one in each vehicle, with a vehicle on fire. Black describes the two were trapped as “a 17-year old in the pickup and a female that was in the other, I believe it was a black Jeep or small SUV.”
“Habersham County Emergency Services, thank goodness, had the assistance of Demorest Fire Department and Cornelia Fire Department,” Black says. “We were able to extricate both victims simultaneously by having that help on the scene.”
The Habersham County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that three HCHS students were involved in the two-vehicle wreck that injured four.
Black says that three patients were transported by ground and a male student was airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville where he was pronounced dead.
Black tells WCHM that three individuals, including the 17-year-old student, were in the white pickup and a single female in the other vehicle.
Black goes on to state that he believes the other two passengers in the white truck are believed to be siblings of the deceased student.
When asked about efforts being provided by the school system, Black tells WCHM that the school has counselors and is bringing in counselors from other schools as well.
Black goes on to say that the school system has a protocol in situations like this and that the school resource officers called him at the scene and stated that they “were implementing the protocol immediately.”
In a press release by the Habersham County Sheriff's Department, "The Habersham County School System, working in conjunction with the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, has put into place a school support system to assist students, faculty, and staff in coping with this tragedy."
The release goes on to state "Counselors from other schools within the school district have been relocated to Habersham Central High School for additional support and care assistance. Habersham Central High School counselors will be visiting classrooms of all three students today to tell them of the tragedy and offer them support passes to leave immediately, or be excused at any time during the day, to meet with counselors. Counselors will also be stationed in the staff development room of the high school to provide support services all day for students, faculty, and staff."
"The Habersham County School System and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office offer their deepest sympathies and prayers to all involved," the release states at the end.
No names have been released at this time.
The Georgia State Patrol is still investigating the wreck.