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Lone survivor of Gretna crash that killed 4 of her classmates is released from hospital

Lone survivor of Gretna crash that killed 4 of her classmates is released from hospital

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Alexandria Minardi, Addisyn Pfeifer, Kloe Odermatt, Roan Brandon and Abigail Barth

The five victims of the crash were, from left, Alex Minardi, Addisyn Pfeifer, Kloe Odermatt, Roan Brandon and Abigail Barth. Brandon was the only survivor and has been released from the hospital.

The 15-year-old girl who was the sole survivor of a fiery crash that killed four of her friends has been released from the hospital.

Roan Brandon of Gretna no longer is a patient at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Brandon was transferred to the hospital’s burn unit after the June 17 crash at 180th Street and Platteview Road. She and four other girls were in a Ford Fusion that was eastbound on Platteview Road when it left the roadway and hit a guardrail. The car continued into a ravine and caught fire.

Four other juniors-to-be at Gretna High School were pronounced dead at the scene: Abigail Barth, 16, Alexandria Minardi, 15, Kloe Odermatt, 16, and Addisyn Pfeifer, 16.

Brandon was ejected from the vehicle, as was at least one other girl, authorities said. Barth was the driver.

A Facebook post by Brandon’s family had said that a few days after the crash, she was awake and talking. Brandon suffered burns and a broken collarbone that required surgery, the post said.

“We don’t know why God chose her, and we don’t feel worthy of that gift when they’ve lost their girls. Their children all brought such love, light, and laughter to Roan’s life,” the family wrote. “Now she has four angels pushing her forward.”

A community benefit to thank first responders and support the families of the five girls will be held July 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at Peterson Park in Gretna, 200 W. Angus St. There will be food, music, activities for kids and a silent/live auction. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for children. Proceeds will be distributed among the five families.

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliaconleyOWH. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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