A two-vehicle crash in Shenandoah County sent four juveniles to the hospital Thursday night.
The crash occurred at 5:55 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of state Route 623 (Back Road) and state Route 638 (Junction Road), state police spokesman Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler said Friday afternoon.
A 2002 Dodge Neon traveling westbound on Junction Road stopped at the stop sign at the intersection, Tyler said, citing the preliminary investigation report. The Dodge, he said, pulled out in front of a 2002 Ford F250 pickup hauling a trailer filled with hay.
Rescue workers responding to the crash took the four juvenile occupants in the Dodge to Winchester Medical Center, Tyler said. He could not confirm that a victim in the crash had died.
The crash remains under investigation by Trooper C.S. Peer. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Fire and Rescue assisted the trooper, Tyler said. Responders cleared the crash scene by 8:45 p.m., according to state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Strasburg High School Principal Melissa Foltz said Friday she could not confirm the status of a student involved in the crash. The school made grief counselors available to students and staff Friday morning as a result of the crash, Foltz said.
“First and foremost, our students and my staff is extremely important to me, and I want to make sure that I support their well-being, and so putting extra counselors in place was the No. 1 decision that I think, you know, I had to make, because I wanted to make sure I had the emotional support that our students and staff needed,” Foltz said. “As far as teachers canceling or postponing tests, I’m sure that we have teachers that possibly made the decision to postpone tests or other assessments because they, too, care about our students and we have to make decisions that’s in the best interest of our students, and if our students are not emotionally attune to taking a test then I would hope that they would be able to read that and make the decision to postpone and focus on the needs of our students at this time.”