PARADISE TWP., Pa. - A community in Monroe County is pulling together and praying for three students who were hurt in a vicious car accident Tuesday night.
Two of those students suffered serious injuries. Wednesday night, 69 News was told the third has been released from the hospital.
A man who lives on the property where the crash happened said he heard the crash, called 911 and came out to help.
"I heard what sounded like a muffled kaboom," Daniel Van Horn said. "I heard somebody yell 'call 911 my friends are hurt somebody help me please!'"
Van Horn came out to help after he heard the crash Tuesday evening.
It happened on Bush Road in Paradise Township, Monroe County.
"I seen a mangled metal mess, what was left of a car, the front end was missing and it just wasn't pretty," said Van Horn.
A police report states there were three people in the Chevrolet Cobalt: the driver, a 17-year-old male from Pocono Summit and 2 passengers, a 17-year-old male from Henryville and 18-year-old Michael Kenosky from Mount Pocono.
All three are students at Pocono Mountain East High School and play for the football team, Kenosky's mother told 69 News.
Police say the driver lost control and the car became airborne and struck two trees before splitting in two.
"It's an ugly memory," said Van Horn. "I don't wish anyone to come across it and it's something I never want to see again."
Police say the driver and one passenger had major injuries and were flown to hospitals.
The other passenger had minor injuries and has since been released from the hospital.
A statement from the Pocono Mountain School District on Wednesday said:
"Our focus is always on providing assistance to our students and their families, and our staff during times of need.
Last night, we notified our crisis team that they may be needed today.
Today, we activated our crisis counseling team and had counselors available in our school for students and staff.
We will have counselors available as long as they are needed. Our staff notified our students today of the accident involving their classmates in smaller group settings at the school."
The principal also sent a letter home to parents this afternoon informing them of the accident and that we have counselors available at the school.
The students at Pocono Mountain East High School have already started and will continue wearing red the remainder of this week in support of those injured in the accident and their families."
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- Berks Patrick Manwiller / 69 News