CAMPBELLSPORT -- Officials with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department say nine girls who were involved in a crash in the Township of Ashford early Saturday morning had gone to a fast food restaurant and then to toilet paper a house in the Village of Eden prior to the crash. Three girls were killed in the wreck, and another six were hurt.
"You think you're ready for this and it happens and obviously you're not. The first responders, the sheriff's deputies, none of us is ready for something like this. It shocks the conscience of it all," said Mylan Fink, Fond du Lac County Sheriff.
The nine girls were in a fast-moving Chevy Tahoe that left a road near the high school about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, crashed into a field and rolled several times.
Some of the girls weren't wearing seat belts, investigators said. Two of the girls, Sabrina Stahl, 15, and Caitlin Scannell, 17, were pronounced dead at the scene. Katie Berg, 16, died Sunday at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Teachers remember Caitlin as active in volleyball, soccer, basketball and choir, Sabrina active in volleyball and soccer, and Katie a soccer and volleyball player who was involved with Spanish club.
Four of the surviving teens were taken to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where they were last listed in serious condition. Two other girls were taken to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. The surviving passengers include Haley Fricke, 18, Allie Adams, 16, Jessica Harbin, 16, Terresa Flood, 16, and Kasandra Anderson, 17.
Officials say the driver of the SUV, identified as 18-year-old Carly Ottery, is cooperating with investigators. She was the one who called 911 after the wreck. Officials say Ottery and Fricke have improved enough to come home.
On Monday morning, the halls were quiet at Campbellsport High School where students grieved the deaths of their classmates and hoped the others will recover from injuries suffered in the weekend crash.
The girls involved in the crash were friends who played on the varsity and JV soccer teams, Principal Kristen Langer said. Some of the girls also played volleyball, she said.
Langer says students are meeting with counselors in the school library where they can watch Facebook videos, see pictures of the girls and leave messages for them in notebooks. Langer said the mood at the high school of 500 was somber as students talked about the accident and some tried to focus on classwork.
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