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UPDATE: LINSIDE (WVVA) - New details about the tragic car accident which injured three Monroe County teens have been released.

According to Police, driver 19-year-old Randy Payne blacked out for unknown reasons when his 1991 GMC Van hit a concrete barrier on Route 219 in Union.

Family members say the three teens were on their way to church in Union.

Payne and front passenger Cody Allen were wearing seatbelts. 14-year-old Tanner Gullette who was riding in the back seat sustained the most serious injuries. According to police Gullette was not wearing his seatbelt.

Both Gullette and Allen remain hospitalized.

WVVA will be live at 6 p.m. at James Monroe High School track where community members will be walking to raise money for the families.

If you would like to donate but can not attend, three separate accounts are set up at the Bank of Monroe (locations in Union and Lewisburg) for Tanner Gullette, Ryan Payne and Cody Allen. Donations can also be mailed to PO Box 219 Union, WV 24983.

 

UPDATE: LINDSIDE (WVVA)- While support continues to spread across the two Virginias for the three teenage boys who were injured in a car accident, residents are organizing a fundraiser to help families with medical expenses.

A walk will be held at the James Monroe High School Track on Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee for the walk is $10.00.

The walk is for Freshman Tanner Gullette, Senior Ryan Payne and Senior Cody Allen who are students at James Monroe High School.

For more information about the walk call 304-712-8447.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:UNION (WVVA) - James Monroe High School and the entire community are pulling together in prayer for three Maverick students who were seriously injured in a car accident.

9-1-1 was called Thursday night after a car carrying teenagers Ryan Payne, Cody Allen and Tanner Gullette wrecked in Union on Route 219.

According to Charleston Area Medical Center, Ryan Payne was released from the hospital on Sunday, three days after the crash.

According to reports, Tanner Gullette and Cody Allen remain in serious condition.

Details of the single-car accident are unclear. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department says that alcohol was not involved in the accident.

The accident happened only one week before James Monroe's High School Prom. School officials would not comment, but say that this horrible tragedy has shaken the entire school.

Two candlelight vigils were held in Monroe County for the community to join in prayer.

Community members say that this terrible tragedy has brought the county together. Some have organized a T-shirt fundraiser in order to help families pay medical expenses.

The T-shirts are $20 each.

Anyone wishing to purchase a T-shirt can visit the organizers' facebook page here or call James Monroe High School at (304) 753-5182.

 

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