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Worth Co. residents help families after tragic crash

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A day of sadness in Worth County where a third grader was killed in a truck crash. His five cousins remain hospitalized with their injuries from the crash.

The six were in a pickup truck that crashed on Red Rock Road Tuesday afternoon. Now, people in the community are reaching out to support the family and friends of the victims.

It's not something anyone is prepared to deal with, let alone on the last day of school when so many students at several different schools were involved. Folks in Worth County somehow found a balance. In between the end of the year activities, grief counselors were on hand and students and staff thought of ways to help their fellow classmates.

The last-day-of- school excitement was overshadowed by the tragic death of a third grader at Worth County Elementary.

Students arrived to black bows in memory of 10-year old Cameron Koehler who was killed in a pickup truck crash Tuesday afternoon. "I've never witnessed anything like this. For there to be six in the same vehicle and they are all from the same family. Five are brothers and sisters and a cousin..that's tragic," said Bob Peacock, a family friend.

Shortly after school let out Tuesday, Koehler and his five cousins crashed on Red Rock Road. Koehler was killed on impact. The driver, 19-year old Bryant Reddell and his four brothers and sister 16-year old Eli, 12-year old Cody, 10 year old Zoe and 9-year old Jeremiah Redell were injured when the truck crashed into a culvert. "It just really tugs on people heartstrings when it's a child involved," said Peacock.

Bob Peacock says the Red dell's are a well-known family, and all of the siblings are involved in sports. "I first met them through baseball, I was the president of the baseball boosters when I first moved to Worth county," he said.

He's one of many people in the community trying to reach out and help during this difficult time. "We are in the process of getting an account sent up right now at one of the local banks," he said.

Teachers and staff members are helping too. They are preparing snack baskets with various treats to help provide some relief to the family members. Students released balloons in honor of Cameron, and made banners with special notes for the family. "They've been added to several prayer lists in the communities at churches," he said. 

Peacock asks that you keep both families in your prayers..during this difficult time.

Troopers say no one in the truck was wearing a seatbelt.

The five Red dell children all remain hospitalized in Albany and Macon.

Medical Center of Central Georgia

Zoe Reddell- Remains in the Children's hospital.

Cody Reddell- Remains in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Palmyra Medical Center

Eli Reddell- Good Condition

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

Bryant Reddell- Fair condition

Jeremiah Reddell-Fair condition

If you would like to help contact Laurie Anthony

229-343-1888

229-449-3995

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