Six teenagers in a pickup, including four in the bed, were injured when the vehicle wrecked Wednesday night on Winkler Mill Road in the Cricket community about a mile north of Wilkesboro, reported Trooper Z.M. Jennings of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Evan Greene, 16, of Boomer, driving a 2004 Toyota Tacoma, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services, Jennings said.
Kohlton Riddle, 16, of North Wilkesboro, sitting in the right front seat of the vehicle, was taken by Wilkes EMS to Wilkes Medical Center.
Brothers Bryan Johnson, 17, and Dillon Johnson, 16, of North Wikesboro were flown to Wake Forest Baptist by AirCare helicopter, both with severe trauma. Sam Joines, 16, of Moravian Falls and Reid Kyle, 15, of North Wilkesboro were taken to Wilkes Medical Center by Wilkes EMS.
The two Johnsons, Joines and Kyle were all seated in the bed of the pickup when it wrecked.
Around 10:50 p.m., Greene was eastbound when his pickup went off on the right, overcorrected and overturned, Jennings said. The pickup ended up off the road on the left.
Greene, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was thrown out when the truck overturned, Jennings said. He noted that Riddle was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t ejected.
The teenagers in the bed of the pickup were thrown out during the wreck, Jennings said.
The Toyota was a total loss, the trooper said.
Wilkes Rescue Squad and the Cricket and Wilkesboro fire departments responded.