Coping With Tragic Crash
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NEW LONDON--Extra counselors are on-hand at New London High School and middle school this week helping students cope with a tragedy.
Friday night 17-year-old Yalanda Maggio from Weyauwega and 17-year-old Levi Johnson from New London were killed. Their car crashed into an oncoming school bus.
"To get his life taken away so young is just not fair," Jeremy Kehl said, who was a friends with Johnson.
At only 18, Kehl and Erika Greely find a pain they've never felt across the street from school.
"Just completely devastated and heartbroken," Erika Greely said, who was a friend of the victims.
Two crosses, shoes, and a letter mark where Johnson and his girlfriend Maggio lost their lives in a car crash Friday night.
"She was the sweetest, nicest girl you ever would have met in your life," Greely said. "She was so full of life and happy all the time."
The teens car hit some ice at a curve on County Highway W and Bean City Road in New London and hit an oncoming school bus carrying 39 middle school students coming back from a ski trip.
"Not only as a superintendent, but also as a parent you just feel terrible," District Administrator Bill Fitzpatrick said.
Fitzpatrick tells us a trauma response team made up of counselors and psychologists are helping students at both schools.
"This touches way beyond school. It touches community. It touches families," Fitzpatrick said. "We're going to be closely monitoring how that's affecting our students."
A devastation that will always leave a reminder.
"It just breaks your heart knowing you're never going to see them again," Greely said.
Wisconsin troopers say the teens were not wearing seat belts. Three children on the bus and the bus driver were also sent to the hospital for minor injuries.