Police should have several witnesses to interview as they investigate a crash on N.C. 55 on Tuesday morning that injured three Panther Creek High School students, one of them critically.
At least seven people called 911 either to report the crash or to say they had witnessed the collision, according to 911 recordings made public late Wednesday morning.
Police have not said what caused the crash between a sport utility vehicle carrying the teens and a dump truck at the corner of N.C. 55 and McCrimmon Parkway. Neither driver has been cited.
The driver of the Chevrolet Blazer, Spencer Saunders, 16, and his passengers, Ryan Yost, 16, and Laura Yost, 15, were taken to Duke University Medical Center. Laura Yost was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, but an updated condition was not available Wednesday, according to hospital spokeswoman Sarah Avery.
The teens all play on Panther Creek soccer teams, according to athletic rosters, and were headed to school when the accident took place. On Wednesday morning, hundreds of Panther Creek students gathered on the soccer field and in front of the school to hold prayer vigils for Laura Yost.
Saunders apparently used Twitter to express his regret about the accident late Tuesday. In his message, he addressed Laura Yost.
“This feels like a nightmare. I’ve never hated myself so much before and I’ve never wanted to see you hurt,” he wrote. “You’re the closest I have to a sister, and you mean so much to me. Words can’t describe how badly I feel. I would do anything to take your place, you don’t deserve this. Everyone, please, pray for Laura and the Yost family.”
The collision occurred just before 7:10 a.m. Tuesday, barely a half mile from Panther Creek. Investigators said Saunders tried to make a left turn onto McCrimmon Parkway. A three-axle dump truck carrying gravel in the opposite direction struck the passenger side of the Blazer, police said.
The truck driver, Jerry Middleton, 64, of Creedmoor, was not injured. The state Highway Patrol inspected the truck and found no violations, said Lt. Steve Wilkins of the Cary Police Department.
Five people called 911 to report the accident. Two others called more than two hours later to say they witnessed the crash.
Staff writer Ron Gallagher contributed to this report.