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Six Washington and Lee students injured in crash

Police charged the driver, a Washington and Lee student, with driving under the influence.

A Washington and Lee student drove an SUV off the road early Sunday morning in Rockbridge County, sending five passengers to area hospitals, according to state police.

The crash happened about 1:15 a.m. on Thornhill Road near Evergreen Tree Drive, said Sgt. Rob Carpentieri of the Virginia State Police.

Christopher M. Hanson, 20, of Lexington was driving northbound on Thornhill Road in a 2008 Toyota Highlander with five other Washington and Lee students.

In a no-passing zone, Hanson attempted to pass another vehicle when he lost control of his vehicle, Carpentieri said.

The SUV swerved off the right side of the road, hitting a utility pole and an embankment before landing on its side.

Hanson had minor injuries and was charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving, Carpentieri said.

The front seat passenger, Christopher B. Landry, 19, of Wilton, Conn., was taken to Stonewall Jackson Hospital for his injuries. Police said Landry was wearing a seat belt.

An unidentified female passenger seated in the cargo area of the SUV was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Cameron D. Dorsey, 18, of Pepper Pike, Ohio, was ejected from the SUV and was taken to Stonewall Jackson Hospital. John M. Rehberger, 19, of Vienna, Va., and Kevin M. Dyer, 22, of Lexington were also taken to Stonewall Jackson Hospital with injuries. The three were not wearing seat belts, police said.

Police are still investigating the crash.

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