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Three local teenagers
are injured in crash

by Ivan Foley
Landmark editor

Three local teenagers suffered injuries in a one-vehicle wreck on Highway 92 east of Platte City Saturday night.

All three of the teens are from Platte City and all are students at Platte County High School.

According to the Platte County Sheriff's Department, a 1992 Honda Civic driven by Trevor Clay, 18, skidded off the highway and collided with a fence and a telephone pole before coming to a stop. The car had been eastbound.

Clay and Verdoorn were taken to North Kansas City Hospital. Both remained hospitalized on Tuesday.

Clay is reported to have suffered a ruptured spleen and a cracked vertebra. Verdoorn suffered a broken leg, a fractured pelvis and head lacerations. Verdoorn is a two-time state champion wrestler for the Platte County Pirates who recently signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Michigan University.

Jones was taken to Liberty Hospital with a broken leg. He also remained hospitalized on Tuesday.

The accident report indicates Clay and Verdoorn were wearing seat belts; Jones, who was in the back seat of the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt.

The accident occurred at 10:59 p.m. on Hwy. 92 near Winan Road.

Shelle Browning, spokesperson for the sheriff's department, said the accident report lists probable contributing circumstances as speed too fast for conditions. She said she has no information on whether a citation was issued.