4 high school students hurt when SUV flips in Union County

4 teen girls hurt in Union County crash, officials say

UNION COUNTY, N.C. — Four female high school students were hurt after being involved in a serious crash Wednesday afternoon in Union County, officials said.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the accident along Crow Road near Luther Lane, just outside Waxhaw, and could see an SUV on its side, badly damaged, up against a utility pole.

Officials said the driver of the SUV ran off the road and over-corrected, which caused the vehicle to flip over.

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Union County school officials said four Parkwood High School students were inside the vehicle. They were all taken to the hospital and two of them had to be airlifted by a medical helicopter.

A witness told Channel 9 two of the four students were ejected. She said she went over to check on them, and all four were alert and able to speak and walk.

“My neighbor came and got me because I'm a nurse,” Lindsey Howe said. “I have a sign on my door, ‘Don't ring the doorbell.’ So, I knew when someone rang the doorbell, there was something wrong.”

Howe lives near the crash scene and ran to help the girls.

"There was a lot of blood, some broken bones, definitely," Howe said. "The EMTs got here so fast."

A mother of one of the injured girls said the wreck has taken a toll on her emotionally, and the community has shown an outpouring of support.

She said the girls are in the 11th grade and were driving home when the crash happened.

The mother said one girl will need surgery on her leg and another had serious head injuries. The other two were released from the hospital and returned home.

No charges have been filed.

Check back for updates on this developing story.