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UPDATE: Lamar County high school students killed, one injured in wreck

Students mourn the loss of fellow classmates after an early morning car crash Students mourn the loss of fellow classmates after an early morning car crash
Carrigan Arban on the left, Reagan Woolbright on the right. Carrigan Arban on the left, Reagan Woolbright on the right.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Homecoming week for Oak Grove and Purvis High Schools turned tragic in the early hours of Thursday morning.

According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, around 2:45 a.m. a car carrying three high school students left the roadway while traveling on Purvis-Oloh Road and struck a tree.

"One person was pronounced dead on arrival, one died en-route to a local hospital and the other is currently in surgery, at this time, and the condition is unknown," said Rigel.

The two students killed were Reagan Woolbright from Oak Grove and Carrigan Arban from Purvis. The other student, a male, is in surgery and is a Purvis High School student. Rigel has yet to release his name.

Students at both schools have been mourning the loss of their fellow classmates.

Lamar County interim superintendent Tess Smith said the best way for parents to help their kids cope with the loss of their classmates is to allow them time to deal with the loss.

"They need to be able to have some quiet time together," said Smith. "Sometimes the best thing you can do is to allow them the space in a room, and just be there to supervise and be there if they need it."

Smith said the loss of these students does not only affect their classmates, but faculty and the community as well.

"They taught these students," said Smith of the elementary and middle school teachers. "These are students that are embedded here in Lamar County. Everyone is struggling with this."

Smith spoke highly of the car crash victims.

"I knew her (Reagan) from the middle school," she said. "Just one of those girls that's a go-getter. She's a good kid."

Smith said she understood Carrigan used to play softball and had taken this year off to focus more on show choir.

"From what I heard, she had an amazing voice, outstanding singer."

Smith said most homecoming activities will take place as planned, but it will now be "a much more somber affair."

"Here at Oak Grove, there are young women on the court that are directly affected," said Smith. "One is even a relative of the young woman (victim), so it will have a more somber feel to it for sure."

Purvis has canceled their parade, and Oak Grove has postponed theirs.

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