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UTV hit storm drain in crash that injured Rock Bridge baseball players


The five Rock Bridge High School baseball players injured in a crash early Saturday were riding a utility terrain vehicle when it slammed into a storm drain and overturned, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

The Rock Bridge baseball team released some information about the crash Saturday, saying five freshman baseball players were involved in the crash in the 4900 block of South Scott Boulevard, near the Copperstone subdivision. Two of them, Davis Taylor and Reid Messer, suffered significant injuries and were hospitalized.

Dozens of supporters stood outside the hospital Sunday in a prayer vigil for the players.

The crash happened at about 12:45 a.m. Saturday when the 2009 Polaris Ranger the boys were riding drifted and dropped off the curb before the driver overcorrected and hit the storm drain, Capt. Brian Leer of the sheriff's office said. The driver and two passengers were thrown from the vehicle completely, one passenger was partially ejected and investigators don't know if the fifth boy was thrown from the vehicle, Leer said.

Three of the boys were taken to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries, Leer said. Another boy was taken to the hospital for evaluation and one of the boys had minor injuries that did not require emergency medical attention, Leer said.

It wasn't clear Tuesday what condition the hospitalized boys were in -- MU Health Care said Monday it does not release condition reports on juveniles.

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