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McCRORY, Ark. (KTHV/AP) - At least seven bicyclists were injured in an accident that happened Tuesday evening.
Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police said a group of 13 cyclists got into an accident around 4:35 at the intersection of Highway 37 and Highway 17, north of McCrory in Woodruff County; the cyclists were traveling northbound when a car, traveling the same direction, struck seven of them from behind.
Prosecutor John Bell said there wasn't any evidence that the driver had been drinking alcohol at the time of the accident.
Sadler said three cyclists were airlifted from the scene; patients were taken to Memphis and Little Rock. Four others were taken to a hospital via ambulance, but the 21-year-old car driver was not injured. The name of the driver is not being released because no charges have been filed in the case.
Sadler added that the cyclists were on a cross country trip, organized by Overland Summer Camps of Williamstown, Mass., that had originated in Charleston, S. C. Their destination was Santa Monica, Cali.
Overland Summer Camps released this statement on their website:
"On July 2, 2013 seven individuals on an Overland bicycle touring program were injured when a car traveling on Route 17 struck the group. Police and paramedics responded to the scene. Three of the individuals were airlifted from the scene, including one individual who is in critical condition. The remaining four individuals were transported by ambulance and were being treated at local hospitals. Of these four individuals, two have been released. At this time, we at Overland would like to express our deepest concern for those injured and our gratitude to the emergency response teams."
Overland director Jonathan Igoe said Wednesday the group of cyclists included 11 high school students and two adult guides. Igoe has also confirmed that all the students on the trip were finishing 9th-12th grades.
The investigation will continue into next week and will subsequently be submitted to the Woodruff County Prosecuting Attorney for consideration of any charges against the driver.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)