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Student in critical condition after crash

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Hundreds of students at Whiteland Community High School are rallying around a classmate who was injured in a five-vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore Michael Williams was one of several people involved in the crash, which happened at the intersection of Tracy Road and U.S. 31 about 3:40 p.m. Tuesday. Williams and at least one other person were hospitalized, and three to four other people were treated at the scene, New Whiteland Town Marshall Ed Stephenson and Whiteland principal Tom Zobel said.

Williams was in critical condition on Wednesday morning at an Indianapolis hospital.

At least two other Whiteland students were also involved in the crash, Zobel said. Details about what happened aren't yet available, as the New Whiteland Police Department is still investigating, Stephenson said.

News of the accident spread quickly through Facebook and Twitter, and students from Whiteland and other people throughout Johnson County have started using the hash tag #fightbigmike as a show of support for Williams. Whiteland students also organized a prayer vigil this morning before school that was attended by several hundred students.

Students at the high school have also been wearing pink as a way to honor their classmate, Zobel said.

"This was all student generated, student initiated. We talk about the evils of social media, here is a positive, all of the support for this family in their time of need," Zobel said.

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