Two teens injured still in hospital

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 27, 2006

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Wednesday, a 14-car pileup left two dead and two in critical condition.

Those two left in critical condition were Jerry Lake Jr., 18, and his sister, D&8217;Suntra Lake, 15. They are the children of Jerry and Kertherlean Lake of Demopolis.

Jerry, who was driving, suffered two broken legs, a collapsed lung and several cuts and scrapes, Lake said.

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D&8217;Suntra suffered a broken leg, a collapsed lung, punctured liver and a fractured neck, Lake said.

The principal of Sumter High School could not be reached for comment.

In early reports Wednesday, it was rumored that four students from the University of West Alabama were involved in the wreck. A spokesperson for the college said no UWA students were injured.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety is still investigating the wreck. According to Cpl. Chris Ellis, with the Alabama Highway Patrol, the wreck was caused by poor visibility due to smoke from a nearby controlled burn being held down by fog.

The land that was being cleared by burning belonged to Brian Compton, Ellis said.

According to the Alabama Forest Commission, Compton had permits for the fire.

Compton could not be reached for comment.