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UPDATE: Teens in SCV weekend collision recovering

Driver of vehicle was junior; rest of students in Saturday night crash were sophomores

Posted: June 2, 2014 9:43 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2014 8:13 p.m.

A school bus drives past the remains of a light standard knocked over Saturday night where Newhall Ranch Road turns into Golden Valley Road in the Santa Clarita Valley. Photo by Katharine Lotze

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Two Santa Clarita Valley teens injured in a late-night crash last weekend were resting at home Monday, a third was due to go home and a fourth was released, although it was unclear whether she went home or to another hospital, officials said.

The four injured girls, all students at local high schools, were among five in a Honda Accord that crashed into a light standard on Newhall Ranch Road late Saturday night.

Kelly Watson, 15, a sophomore at Canyon High School, was no longer listed as a patient at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital late Monday afternoon, said spokeswoman Maria Orem. She could not say if Watson went home or was transferred to another hospital.

Believed to be the most seriously injured of the four, Watson underwent surgery for head injuries suffered in the crash, according to at least one friend close to the Watson family.

A second girl injured and hospitalized, identified only as a sophomore at Canyon, was also due for release Monday, said Gail Pinsker, spokeswoman for William S. Hart Union High School District.

Four Canyon High School students and one from Opportunities For Learning were in the vehicle Saturday night when the driver apparently lost control of the car on the curve where Newhall Ranch Road becomes Golden Valley Road.

At least two girls were thrown from the vehicle on impact, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials said Sunday. Four were taken to area hospitals.

The driver was a Canyon High junior; the rest of the students were sophomores.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the girls and families of this accident, and we hope for a full recovery for all of them,” Pinsker said.

School officials are not expected to release names of the victims, Pinsker said.
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