Bad driving habits to blame for junior crashes

Shad Granger, Staff

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This year has been a bad year for junior drivers at Treynor. The majority of the car accidents that happened this year have been mainly from the junior class. The basketball team has been affected by these accidents.

Coach Rucker have his input on what he thinks of the situation.

“I don’t think it is a reflection of their driving habits but we have been extremely unlucky,” said Coach Rucker, “There have been seven kids involved in accidents this season and I can’t remember having any in my previous 14 seasons here.”

Two recent members of the team who were involved in accidents spoke about their crash.

“It wasn’t my fault” said Craig Chapman, ”I couldn’t see over the snow drift and the sun was in my eyes, what else was I supposed to do.”

Junior Craig Chapman was recently hit head-on leaving Casey’s General Store on his route to school. “Thankfully I’m okay, the car was totaled, but I’m still here,” Chapman said.

Junior Jack Stogdill was in a crash involving no other drivers due to the rough winter road conditions.

“It happened so fast, and I didn’t even have time to think,” Stogdill said. “I went to correct my fishtail and just like that I rolled within a second.”

Stogdill lost control of his vehicle, but luckily, no one else was involved in the crash. Stogdill was also still able to play in the basketball that night, despite the accident.

”I’m just lucky that I’m still okay and nothing is broken,” Stogdill said.

All of the other juniors who were in accidents have been fortunate to walk away from their accidents.