Seven people were sent to the hospital Tuesday morning, including five Myers Park High School students, after a serious crash in south Charlotte. It happened around 7 a.m. at Woodlawn Drive and Halstead Road.
The victims were taken to Carolina Medical Center - Main right after the crash. Medic said three people had life-threatening injuries and four had potentially life-threatening injuries.
Eyewitness News talked to the teens’ classmates at Myers Park High School. They were shocked to learn about the near-death experience.
A neighbor Eyewitness News also talked to said the sound of the crash woke him up. He said he and his wife ran out to help even before emergency crews got there.
"They were just dazed. One kid he had a cut that was really bad. All of his skin was missing," said Matt Bowman.
Police said eight people, a Honda and two SUVs were involved in the crash. According to the police report, the driver of the Honda veered into oncoming traffic and hit the teens SUV, which crashed into the other SUV. Five teens were in one SUV, and three were thrown out. Two people were in the other SUV, and one person was trapped.
"There was bookbags next to that house. The car flipped over, one of them did. It rolled right into the telephone pole," said Bowman.
News of the crash spread around campus. A student Eyewitness News spoke to didn't know the names of the victims but found out about the crash at the end of the day.
"One of my classmates who also had the same class with him told me he got into a car crash, and then she pulled up a photo on the phone," said De'Omus Miles.
Former student Jordan Burns, who was waiting to pick up his sister, said a similar incident happened last year. He said in times like this, the student body comes together for the victims.
“It's heartwarming in the wake of something so terrible to see a community rise up and kind of come together, whether or not they were friends or knew that person well, "said Burns.
Bowman said the teen driver of one of the SUVs kept asking for his brother after the crash.
"It makes me think, life's a little short. I mean, they were all in high school," said Bowman.
The driver of the car was charged with crossing the center line and careless reckless driving.