4 Teens Dead in Car Crash
None were wearing seat belts, while 5 survivors were
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2015 8:21 AM CST
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(Newser) – Four teenagers from a central Indiana town died Wednesday evening when their vehicle crossed a median on a state road near Indianapolis and struck a minivan, Indiana State Police said. Five others, including a fifth passenger in the teens' vehicle and a family of four, were taken to a hospital for treatment. None of those killed was wearing a seat belt, but the five survivors were. The crash happened on State Road 37 in Morgan County near Waverly just before 7pm. Police said 17-year-old Mathew Howard Chambers, 18-year-old Lucas Edwin Kenworthy, 17-year-old Noah James Tex, and 17-year-old Riley Davis Hurst died in the crash. All four were from Brownsburg, about 15 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

"It is devastating," State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil says, calling it "absolutely horrific for the families." Officials from the local school district say counselors will be available Thursday morning at Brownsburg High School and the Harris Academy learning community, where the students went to school. "We send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the families of these students," the school district said in a statement.