CLEBURNE -- Six Cleburne High School students were taken to a Fort Worth hospital after they were involved in a car accident Thursday morning, Cleburne ISD confirmed.
According to district spokesperson Lisa Magers, there were a total of seven students in the two-car accident. Six students were transported to Texas Harris Methodist Hospital for medical attention, and the seventh student was released to his or her parents at the scene. All of the injured students were between 16 and 18 years old.
The Cleburne Times-Review reports the crash occurred around 9:15 a.m. off of County Road 1434 about a quarter of a mile south of U.S. 67.
Department of Public Safety Sgt. Doug Gillum said the students in the vehicles were on a school-sponsored event, going to get wood pallets for CHS’ annual homecoming bonfire, which is scheduled to be lit on Thursday night.
According to Gillum, the crash occurred when two pick-up trucks, each driven by a student, collided. The teens admitted to police they were "horse playing" on the road.
Sgt. Gillum said one of the vehicles passed another in a no-passing zone and pulled back into the lane when the second truck hit it from behind. The sent both vehicles off the road, then one pick-up hit a concrete culvert and began rolling, knocked down a fence, and landed on its wheels.
The driver of the vehicle that made the illegal pass, 17-year-old Dustin Parrick, was cited for passing in a no-passing zone.
Magers said Cleburne High teachers and administrators are at the hospital with the students’ parents.
It is unclear at this time how severe the students’ injuries are.
“The district’s primary focus at this time is the health of these students,” Magers said.
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