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Long teens OK after four-wheeler accident
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Kaleigh Engel, 14, and Paul Griffin, 16 - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle

According to their mothers, two Long County teens involved in a four-wheeler wreck eight days ago are doing well.

On Nov. 23, Paul Griffin, 16, and Kaleigh Engel, 14, were riding a four-wheeler down Stewart Hodges Loop heading toward the Country Store on Rye Patch Road. As they went around a curve, the four-wheeler driven by Griffin collided head-on with a van. The collision caused Griffin to hit the van's windshield, while Engle was thrown in front of the vehicle.

Long and Liberty County EMS units arrived and then LifeStar was contacted. Griffin was then airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, and Engle was driven there by ambulance. Both teens were released by the hospital that night.

According to Griffin's mother, Tammy Morrison, her son was released around 8 p.m., and according to Engel's mother, Jamie, her daughter was released around 9:30.

"It's a miracle that they both survived," Jamie Engel said.

According to Engel, her daughter is improving but had a sprained neck, ankle and knee, and suffered a concussion and cuts to her right hand. Morrison said her son had several cuts and bruises, stitches to the face and an injured left hand, which will require surgery.

"He's doing good, but getting around slow," Morrison said. "I'm so thankful to the EMS, police, firefighters and all the emergency workers who helped."

Earlier reports indicated that neither teen was wearing a helmet.

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