A northeast Ohio community is grieving after an SUV carrying eight teens hit a guardrail, and crashed into a pond, killing ...
five boys and a girl. The state highway patrol is investigating the accident.
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SHOTLIST:Pool - AP Clients Only Warren, Ohio - March 10, 20131. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Doug Franklin / Warren, Ohio"Obviously, I come to you with a heavy heart. I got the call about 7:20 this morning, immediately proceeded to the scene. The victims were all out of the car, proceeded to the hospital to talk to the families, and give any consolation that I could from the mayor. It was very emotional. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families. I spent most of the morning, consoling and hugging, just trying to comfort anybody I could."**1 Second of Black**2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Notar / Warren Schools Superintendent "It's going to be a rough week. It's going to be a rough rest of the school year. Unfortunately, we've gone through some tragedies in the past. And we've pulled together as a family and as a city. **1 Second of Black**3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Michael Notar / Warren Schools Superintendent Tomorrow, the plan we have is instead of pulling students out of classrooms, we will have licensed counselors in each of our 8th grade classrooms in our Willard K-8 building to provide direct support for those students and staff members. We are also going to counselors for other students that may be pulled out in small groups and one-on-one, as well as our staff member. At our high school as well, they will provide that support through Valley Counseling, our own counseling that will be stationed there and offer support for our students and staff members as well." . STORYLINE: A sport utility vehicle carrying eight teenagers crashed into a guardrail Sunday morning and flipped over into a swampy pond in northeast Ohio, killing five boys and a girl, the state highway patrol said. The Honda Passport veered off the left side of a road and overturned just south of the city of Warren, about 60 miles east of Cleveland. Investigators say it came to rest upside down in the swamp and sank with five of the victims trapped inside. A sixth who was thrown from the SUV during the crash was found under it when the vehicle was taken out of the water. The two boys who survived, escaped from the submerged vehicle and ran to a nearby home to call 911, the highway patrol said. An official with the Warren Fire Department said a cold water rescue team was deployed to the scene and got five teens out of the submerged vehicle. All those killed were ages 14 to 19, authorities said. All eight were from Warren. It's not believed that any of them were closely related, the highway patrol said.(****END****)