What started as a girls night out for nine teenagers from Campbellsport ends tragically in a fatal automobile accident. Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink says three girls were killed early Saturday morning and six others were injured when the 2001 Chevy Tahoe they were in ran off the road at a high rate of speed, entering an icy farm field before flipping and rolling several times.
The girls, who were having a sleep over, went to a restaurant in Fond du Lac and then stopped to toilet paper a friend’s residence near Eden. Fink says there’s no evidence anyone was chasing the girls when the crash occurred. He says “these kids were out basically having, for lack of a better word, a good time” and it turned tragic on them.
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Sheriff’s Lieutenant Rick Olig says the SUV traveled about 700 feet as it was flipping and rolling. Several of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle. Police say two of the three girls killed in the crash were not wearing seat belts. All but one of the girls who survived the crash remain hospitalized.
Results of an investigation will be sent to the district attorney’s office. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.
Fink says an accident like this is something first responders are never truly ready for and it has “shocked the consciousness of us all.”
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