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UPDATE: Dade teen killed in Lookout Mountain crash

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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, GA (WRCB) - UPDATE: DADE COUNTY, GA (WRCB) An early morning crash claimed the life of a local high school junior, Wednesday morning. Another teen in the pickup was rushed by ambulance to a Chattanooga hospital where he remains in serious condition.

It happened around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on Burkhalter Gap Road in Dade county when the truck went down the side of Lookout Mountain - and hit a power pole - and a tree. 17-year-old Logan Dotson died on the scene and this is hitting the small community hard.

Dade County High principal Josh Ingle tells Channel 3 Logan always wore a smile, he loved working on cars, construction, racing, hunting and anything outdoors.

"That's how we want to remember him who he was," said Principal Ingle. "Any mischief he loved to get into, he loved mischief not in a bad way... just all boy."

Teachers say Logan was a good student and a good friend. Sheriff Ray Cross tells Channel 3 the teen was driving to school with his best friend Blake Sharpe when his truck went off the roadway.

"When deputies arrived on the scene there was a truck off the mountain, it had apparently went off the road and tried to over correct," said Sheriff Cross. "The truck hit a power pole and a tree."

Logan died on the scene, Blake just 16-years-old suffered multiple broken bones.

"The only thing I know about Blake right now is he has several broken bones," said Principal Ingle. "He was in surgery and he is expected to be there for a while."

Friends and family are praying for his recovery, praying for strength in the brokenhearted..

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family," said Sheriff Cross.

"This community is a family. When something like this happens you just got to take it one day at a time," said Principal Ingle.

Principal Ingle says counselors will be made available to students during this time of need. Several students checked out of school after hearing the news. Many held a moment of prayer and silence for Logan. The truck was towed to a nearby shop it has been covered with a tarp out of respect for friends and family. Sheriff cross tells Channel 3 the exact cause of the crash is still under investigation however - officials say early indicators point to weather being a factor.


UPDATE: Dade County High School Principal Josh Ingle tells Channel 3 that 17 year-old student Logan Dotson lost his life as a result of Wednesday morning's crash.

A second teenager was in the vehicle, and was transported to a nearby hospital for examination and treatment.

In a statement, Ingle said: 

"As you may be aware, our school district has experienced the death of a student that has affected us deeply. The students and staff will react in different ways as they begin to grieve the loss of one of our own.  We all should expect and try to understand that there will be a variety of emotions and responses to what has occurred. The most important thing we can do is provide support and encourage an open expression of feelings.

At the school, we have implemented a plan for responding to this tragic event focused on helping our students and their families get back to regular learning and every day activities as soon as possible. This plan has evolved from the district's experience with death in the past and the advice of mental health professionals from the community.

Our teachers and counselors have been briefed on our plans and have received the appropriate protocol to be followed.   There will be district counselors, central office staff, and members of the community on hand to meet with our students. We will follow our normal scheduling routine, but want you to know that you are welcome to speak with any of the staff on hand. If you feel that your child or family needs some assistance, please contact us, and we will do everything we can to help you. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at 706-657-7517."

PREVIOUS STORY: A morning crash on Lookout Mountain has claimed the life of a Dade County teenager.

The crash happened around 7:30 this morning on Burkhalter Gap Road.

According to Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross, a truck left the road and went down the side of Lookout Mountain, striking a power pole and tree. Cross says two teens were in the truck and were headed to school. One of the teens died as a result of the crash. The second teenager was taken to Erlanger and is currently in surgery.

Cross tells Channel 3 the investigation is just beginning, but early indicators point to weather being a factor in the crash.

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