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Community mourning loss of two teens killed in car accident

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) – The community of Batesville experienced a tragic loss on Monday evening when two young men were killed in a car crash.

Both were sophomores at Batesville High School. Four other teens, also sophomores, were injured in the crash.

According to the Batesville Police Department, Camdon Osborne and William Olson were killed in the car accident that happened Monday night around 10:30 on the 200 block of McHue Road. Both teens were only 15 years old. Friends and family of the teens referred to them as bright, devoted athletes and avid churchgoers.

The two were passengers in a 2014 Ford Mustang carrying four other teens. Two of those students are still at the White River Medical Center and two of them are now at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Their conditions are currently unknown.

According to police reports, the driver lost control of the car, and slammed into a tree. One teen died at the scene, and the other at a local hospital.

"The way I heard it, I was almost asleep. It was just so loud, it had to be hitting hard." The crash happened right outside of Wayne Jaco's home on McHue Road.

Jaco said the area is known for speeders, and he wasn't too surprised to see yet another accident in that same spot.

The loss of the students has the community devastated but also coming together to show their support for one another.

"The great thing about Batesville is we're a small town we pull together and the community is really coming together and our hearts and prayers go out to these families," said Batesville High School Principal David Campbell.

Classes are not being held for the entire district for the day. On Tuesday afternoon, the community came together for a prayer vigil to honor the two young men and pray for the survivors.

Area ministers and counselors were on campus Wednesday.

A visitation will be held for Camdon Osborn from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at West Baptist Church, with a funeral service following and a burial at Oaklawn Cemetery.

A memorial service for Will Olson will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Batesville. Memorials can be made to the Will Olson Scholarship Fund at the following address:

First Community Bank

PO Box 4327

Batesville, AR 72503