Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in Trigg County history, when seven Trigg County High School students were killed in the same vehicle in a crash on U.S. 68.
Cadiz Police Officer Randy Clark was the Trigg County Sheriff on the afternoon of December 15, 1993, when the call came out of a wreck on U.S. 68, about six miles west of Cadiz.
Clark says he had no indication of how tragic the scene would be before he arrived and says he knew all of the victims.
All seven young men in the car—17-year old Steven Wallace, 16-year old David Lawrence, 17-year old Joey Rogers, 16-year old Christopher Lawrence, 15-year old Patrick Perry, 16-year old Jeremy Gordon and 16-year old Dale Garner—were pronounced dead on the scene.
The seven young men had taken a break from their jobs at Knight and Hale Game Calls and crammed into a 1988 Honda Civic to make a short drive to get something to eat. Their vehicle crossed the center line in a curve on the way back and struck an oncoming vehicle.
The driver of the other vehicle survived and was treated at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Clark says the days that followed the accident were tragic and sad times in Trigg County, as everyone had some relationship with at least one of the victims or their families.
Clark says even though two decades have gone by, he thinks about that afternoon often and he thinks about the seven lives that were lost in an instant.
You can listen to Clark's entire interview with WHOP News Director Adam May here...