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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A group of 13 cyclists making their way across the country were hit by a car in Woodruff County Tuesday, six of the seven injured are students.
Jonathon Igoe, director of Overland Summer Camps in Williamstown, Massachusetts where the cyclists originated, spoke with THV 11 Wednesday morning. They started their 6-week cross-country trip in Charleston, South Carolina and were headed west to California.
The group consisted of two group leaders and 11 students. Igoe says seven were hit from behind by a car.
Bill Sadler with Arkansas State Police says three were airlifted from the scene and four others were taken to the hospital via ambulance. Four of the seven have since been released. The driver of the car wasn't injured.
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."