Sun. 5:21pm: Warren school open to community

WARREN – Warren City Schools is opening its Willard K8 building from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today to give students, parents, staff and community members the chance to receive emotional support following the accident that killed six people and injured two this morning.

According to the district, two of the victims were students at the Willard building, two were students at Warren G. Harding, one was a past student of the Warren City Schools and the remaining student has not yet be confirmed.

Warren Schools Superintendent Michael Notar said that on Monday counselors from the district and Valley Counseling will be available to speak with students and staff about the situation.

Notar is planning to meet with staff today.

“The school district wanted to offer this opportunity to parents, residents and friends of the students to talk to someone if they need to at this time,” he said.

A news conference will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Warren City Schools Administration Building on High Street to answer questions and provide updated information.

Also Monday, the district will provide a licensed counselor from Valley Counseling in each of the eighth-grade classrooms at the Willard building to help provide support for the eighth-grade staff and students.

The district also will have a counselors at Willard building for staff and students who are not in eighth grade. In addition, Warren G. Harding High School will have guidance counselors, school liaisons and counselors from Valley Counseling there to provide support for our high school staff and students.

Injured in the accident were: Brian K. Henry, 18, and Asher C. Lewis, 15. Killed were Alexis Cayson, 19; Andrique Bennett, 14; Kirklan M. Behner, 15; Daylan Ray, 15; Brandon A. Murray, 17; and Ramone M. White, 15.

The victims were in a 1998 Honda Passport that veered off the left side of Pine S.E. near Burton about 7 a.m. today, hit a guardrail and overturned, Highway Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston said.

The vehicle then became submerged on its roof in a swamp. Two of the occupants were able to escape from the vehicle and went to a nearby residence to call 911. Warren City Fire Department arrived on scene and removed five victims from inside the vehicle. A sixth victim was ejected during the crash and was located under the vehicle when it was being removed from the water.

Ralston said she didn’t know where the people in the SUV were headed.

The highway patrol received the first call on the crash at 7:15 a.m., Ralston said. Divers helped the patrol, and local police referred calls to the patrol as well.