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Friends react after teens die in car crash

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Two teens are dead and four are injured after their car crashed into a tree in Batesville Monday night.

THV11 spoke with a friend of one of the survivors.

"It's not just the people who were involved that were affected, it's the whole community," said Olivia Tuggle.

She is one of many in this community shocked to find out that the two young men were killed in the crash.

"It was really heart breaking," said Tuggle.

She knew the driver of the car at the time of the accident. The two went to church together in Cave City.

"He's a really fun loving guy, really upbeat, pretty outgoing, kind of goofy, so I know that he's having a hard time," said Tuggle.

The young man lost two of his friends, Camdon Osbourne and William Olson, while he was behind the wheel.

Four others were injured, including the driver. Everyone in the car was a sophomore at Batesville High School.

According to Arkansas State Police, they were driving a 2014 Mustang at a high rate of speed.

"I know that a seatbelt can save lives, and so that really just reminds me that 'one seatbelt, one person' that's very important. It could be detrimental," said Tuggle.

It was raining at the time of the accident.

"Just really bringing awareness to teenagers how careful you have to be when you're on the roads, especially in weather situations," said Tuggle.

She says support for those affected is strong coming from all the neighboring towns.

"Sometimes people say it's a negative thing for small towns, everybody knowing each other, but in cases such like this and tragedies like this, it's really a positive thing," said Tuggle.

This will likely ring true as the recovery and healing process begins.

"I know that Batesville School, especially, will be doing something in their memory," said Tuggle.

THV11 spoke with the youth director of the church off-camera. He said the church's pastor visited Taylor and his family in the hospital Tuesday.

The pastor said Taylor was alert and has minor injuries.