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Survivors in Clay Co. crash retrace steps at "haunted" ghost-hunting site

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There's a place in Clay County almost every teenager knows about.

It's called the Chimneys--what many believe to be a haunted field. And it's the last place 11 people visited before the unimaginable happened.

"They said we was gonna go ghost-hunting so I said, 'Let's find some ghosts,'" said Andrew Boggs, 20.

Isaac Murphy, 18, was driving the group home when he lost control of the vehicle on Route 36 near Wallback. Ten people between the ages of 14 and 20 were transported to area hospitals, according to the West Virginia State Police.

Kara Conley, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We just came out here and was just headed on our way back home and it was just late and everything happened," said Boggs, who dislocated his shoulder in the wreck.

(Murphy's mother, Stacy, told 13NEWS that he fell asleep at the wheel.)

According to Stacy, her son's alcohol and drug tests came back negative at St. Francis Hospital, where he was transported Wednesday morning.

Murphy and Boggs revisited the Chimneys Thursday. Chelsie Drake and a close friend, Sarah Ellison, rode with them. Chelsie and Sarah did not join the outing Wednesday, although they were invited.

Boggs said reliving the night was gut-wrenching.

"It's mental," he said. "Just seeing all my friends and trying to help them. And you can't do anything about it, and it just breaks my heart."

Police found a small amount of marijuana at the scene Wednesday. Boggs said he thinks no one was drunk that night.

"We didn't come out here to party," he said. "We just wanted to have a good time."

The foursome said they've visited the Chimneys more times than they can count. But this time could be the last.

"Honestly, I don't really want to come back here," Boggs said. "I've had my fun out here. I'm alright. It's just bad memories."

As of Thursday morning, four victims remained under evaluation at Charleston Area Medical Center.  A fifth was listed under critical condition in the intensive care unit.

(WV National Guard Capt. helps Clay County accident victims)

No charges have been filed against Murphy at this time.

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