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UNION, MO (KTVI) - The small community of Union is dealing with a loss of three teenagers after a tragic early morning accident.

Connie Owens woke up to a parent`s worst nightmare, just after 2:00am Thursday her 19-year-old son Isaac and four friends were riding inside of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix along Porterford Road and Cardinal Lane in Union when tragedy struck. The car somehow ran off of the road, hit a culvert, light post, tree then burst into flames.

"I knew as soon as I walked into my living room and saw a sheriff's deputy. I knew that something happened to one of my children," said Owens.

teens killedNeighbor Debbie Scott was awake at the time and heard the crash. She rushed over and called 911.

"I wasn't sure if the car was going to explode. It was making noises and the flames were spreading. There was nothing I could do," explained Scott.

Isaac Clark, 19, and Lucas Schulze survived the crash. Passengers Cole Weddle, 18, Derek King, 19, and driver James Curran, 19, died from their injuries.

Parents say the teens were all close friends and classmates who enjoyed the outdoors. They all attended Union High School.

According to officials at the Missouri State Highway Patrol, some of the victims were not wearing seat belts.  Isaac Clark suffered injuries to his head, chest and stomach and will need more surgeries.  His mother Connie says if he hadn't been wearing a seat belt, the outcome could've been more tragic.

"The thing that saved Isaac's life is that he wore a seat belt. I am urging the kids, please wear your seat belt. It's cool to wear your seat belt. If he didn't wear it, he might not be here now. I am so grateful to everybody for every prayer. Please don't stop praying because we need them," she said.

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