CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Two Mid-State teenagers were killed and two others seriously injured in a single car crash Sunday evening in Clarksville.
Clarksville police said Jackson Amos was driving a Toyota Corolla east on Rossview Road when he entered a curve at a high rate of speed, came over a hill and lost control of the vehicle around 6:40 p.m.
The vehicle reportedly crossed over the center line and ran off the left side of the roadway into a wooded area before striking a tree stump and catching on fire.
Amos, 18, and front seat passenger Amy Stringer, 17, were killed in the accident. Police said neither was wearing a seatbelt.
Amos graduated from Rossview High School earlier this year and had enrolled at Austin Peay State University.
Stringer was a senior at Rossview.
Counselors were on hand on Monday to help students and faculty deal with the tragic loss.
Rossview Principal Frank Myers told Nashville's News 2 Amos and Stringer will be greatly missed.
“As teachers, we become very attached to our students and some of them you become more attached to because you may have them in more than one class over there time in high school and there are some teachers who are very, very sad today and feeling [like they lost] one of their kids,” he said.
Back seat passengers Matthew Williams, 18, and Tyler Farrow, 17, were seriously injured in the wreck but are expected to make full recoveries.
“Matt and Tyler are both at Vanderbilt with broken backs and a couple of injuries but they should make a full recovery and I pray that they do,” senior Kyle Shannon said.
He added, “Today was a pretty rough day, first day back, I mean, teachers, students, faculty, everybody was pretty upset. Emotions-wise we held it together pretty well. We are all one big family down there.”
Police said speed and reckless driving are to blame for the fatal wreck.