Mid Valley 8 dedication plaque

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THROOP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) If you grew up in Lackawanna County’s Mid Valley chances are you’ve heard of “The Mid Valley 8.”

Almost four decades ago a group of teens lost their lives after a night mixed with drinking and driving. On Mar. 6 1981 the driver of the vehicle hit a guide rail, sending the car airborne for 200 feet before it landed upside down, down a 30 foot embankment. 

The crash took the lives of four boys and four girls. Thursday evening, classmates, and former administrators spoke about the ones they lost too soon. 

“It’s amazing to me how long it’s been. It’s amazing to me that the grief is still as strong,” said Jill McAlarney, Elizabeth Mecca’s sister. 

“I admired her personality. She made me laugh. I admired her long beautiful eye lashes,” said Lisa Yantorn, Gail Veltri’s friend. 

The display was placed at the exit of the Mid Valley Jr. Sr. High School for current students to never forget those who lost their lives. District officials say it will remind students never to drink and drive and that there are consequences for your actions.

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