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Tragedy in Warren: Counseling services being offered to friends, families, first responders

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WARREN, Ohio - Counseling services are being offered to students and classmates of the six teens who died Sunday in a single car crash on Pine Avenue in Warren. 

Counseling is also being made available to the first responders who tried to rescue the teens trapped in a pond after the SUV they were driving in rounded a curve at a high rate of speed and flipped over into the pond.  

The crash killed six teens between the ages of 14 and 19. Two other teens escaped from the vehicle and sought help.

At a news conference Monday morning, Warren School Superintendent Michael Notar said he has been "inundated" with calls and emails of support from educators around the Mahoning Valley.

Notar said he decided to keep two schools where classmates knew the victims open,  giving students a chance to take advantage of counseling and "reach out to the teachers" and other students they feel comfortable being around.

The district is using Valley Counseling Services to guide students through the grieving process.  Spokesman Ed Bolino said his company has dealt with "critical incidents" like this crash and that students at the Harding High School and Willard Elementary right now are "the best they can be" under the circumstances.

The accident is the deadliest in Trumbull County history and the worst accident in the state of Ohio in the past three years.

Superintendent Notar said he will be at Harding High School today to talk with students there.

Warren Mayor Doug Franklin was also at today's news conference and said he continues to meet with the families of the victims and he thanked the city's first responders for their efforts. 

Franklin said "some of the young divers were pretty shook up" following the crash and the valiant but ultimately unsuccessful efforts to save the young victims.

Franklin said the city of Warren is "a community that celebrates our victories together" and is also "a community that pulls together and cares for each other" during times like this.

Superintendent Notar added, "it's tough, but we'll get through it." 

 

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