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16-year-old Council Bluffs junior killed in I-80 crash; 2 classmates injured

16-year-old Council Bluffs junior killed in I-80 crash; 2 classmates injured

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A 16-year-old junior at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School was killed and two other teens were injured Friday morning in a rollover crash on westbound Interstate 80.

Haley Wright was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 10:20 a.m. near the southbound Interstate 29 exit in the Bluffs, the Council Bluffs Police Department said.

Wright, who was the front-seat passenger in a 2004 Mazda, had been partially ejected from the car, police said.

Kaitlyn Renshaw and Ethan Conger, also 16 and juniors at Abraham Lincoln, also were in the Mazda. The car, driven by Renshaw, left the Interstate and rolled over onto an embankment on the north side of the roadway, police said.

Renshaw’s injuries were considered significant but not life-threatening, while the injuries sustained by Conger, who was in the back seat, were minor, police said. They were taken by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

In an email sent to students and parents, Abraham Lincoln principal Bridgette Bellows said, “This is heartbreaking for her family, friends and our entire school community.

"Please know grief counselors will be available to meet with students at school tomorrow, Saturday, from 9 a.m. until noon, and will be available for students after tomorrow as needed. Our school community is caring and close, and we will work through this sad time together.”

Council Bluffs Community School District spokeswoman Diane Ostrowski said Wright had taken an introduction to teaching class and helped out in some classrooms at Hoover Elementary.

“Haley had planned on taking another teaching class and quite possibly could had been a teacher in the future,” Ostrowski said.

Wright participated in several sports growing up in Council Bluffs, Ostrowski said.

The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, maggie.o'brien@owh.com

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