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Horseplay allegedly behind crash that injured 6

Horseplay may have been the cause of a two-car collision that left six Texas high school students injured, according to reports. The accident happened on Sept. 22 near Country Road 1434 in Cleburne as two Cleburne High School students each drove a pickup truck carrying other students to a store to purchase wood pallets for the school's annual homecoming bonfire.

Authorities say that the wreck occurred at about 9:15 a.m. as one of the drivers passed the other one in a no-passing section of the roadway and then suddenly veered into the front of the other student's truck. As this happened, the first truck smashed into the back of the passing truck, which caused both trucks to lose control. One of the trucks struck a concrete drain, rolled and broke down a fence before stopping in an upright position.

Six of the seven students were injured in the collision and were taken by ambulance to receive medical treatment at Texas Harris Methodist Hospital. The parents of the seventh student arrived at the scene and took the teen. The report did not disclose the details regarding the nature and severity of the students' injuries.

Police say that the students confessed that the two drivers were horse playing. It was unknown if speeding, drugs, alcohol or other factors also played a role in the crash or if the students were wearing their seat belts when the accident occurred.

Motorists who drive in a careless or reckless fashion can be held liable if their actions cause a car wreck in which people are injured or killed. For example, a young person who is racing with another driver, texting, or operating a GPS or radio may be considered negligent and may have to pay any restitution for any crash-related damages if the injured party decides to file a personal injury claim against them.

Source: WFAA, "Six Cleburne High students taken to hospital after crash", September 22, 2016

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