Monday, July 26, 2004

Four girls hurt in Butler Co. crash


Screams attract passing motorists

By William A. Weathers
Enquirer staff writer

MORGAN TOWNSHIP - Four girls were hospitalized Saturday night after their car went off Bay Road and landed on its roof in a small creek.

Passers-by assisted two of the girls who were still in the water in the 3-foot deep creek.

The crash occurred about 8:05 p.m. in the 7500 block of Bay Road, just west of Schoenling Road, the Butler County Sheriff's Office said.

Two of the girls were taken to Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, and the two others were taken to Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton. Their names had not been released Sunday night, but all had reportedly been released from the hospitals.

John Hingle, his wife Helen and their children, who live near the crash site, thought they heard someone crying out when they drove over the small bridge Saturday night.

"We heard somebody screaming," Hingle recalled Sunday.

But the couple, who both work at Children's Hospital Medical Center (he's a pharmacist, she's a nurse) didn't see anyone. They dropped the children off at their nearby home and returned to the bridge. They quickly located the source of the screams.

"Two girls were in the water next to the passenger side of the car,'' Hingle said. "The car was on its top. Both girls were crying.

Hingle and his wife went down in the creek to assist the girls, one of whom was holding the younger girl's head above water, Hingle said.

"My wife talked to them to help keep them conscious."

Both girls were conscious when rescue personnel from Morgan Township arrived, Hingle said.

The driver appeared to be about 16 years old, and the other three seemed to several years younger, he said.

---

E-mail bweathers@enquirer.com




ENQUIRER COLUMNS
Clooney stays home from convention
Chalk one up for Patchwork Kids

TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Kerry: Seeking an edge in Ohio
But first, Bill and Hillary
Kerry throws out Yankees-Red Sox first pitch
Protests precede convention
Speech advice: Be upbeat, stick to message, be gone
Balloting method on trial
Clermont fair salutes military
Vanishing history recorded
Injured soldier finds support upon return
Lead in soil may be local phenomenon
Four girls hurt in Butler Co. crash
4-year-old in chains rescued from fire
Festival spotlights Negro League
Court virtually eliminates paper
Children's Games groups grounded by visa problems
Local news briefs

KENTUCKY HEADLINES
Ky. candidates could benefit from Dean
Lots stirring interest

EDUCATION
Study: Fewer took new GED

NEIGHBORS
Evendale faces its future
Support group founder makes career of caring
Union Centre prepares for Bash

LIVES REMEMBERED
Helen Dorothy Forster, 91, worked as social worker
Edward Carter, 83, Holocaust survivor