A northeast Kansas high school cheerleader is expected to undergo at least two more surgeries after her team's van rolled off an icy road and into a ditch.
Christa Merriman already has had surgery to reconstruct her nose after the accident Friday night as she and fellow Holton cheerleaders were coming home from a game.
"Everybody says that things happen so fast," Merriman said. "We were talking about what we were going to eat, what we were going to watch, how late we were going to stay up."
Then their van, carrying Merriman, three teammates and their supervisor, hit black ice on a bridge just north of Topeka and went into the ditch.
"Everyone had their seatbelts on. I was on the third row seat on the right hand side, and I ended up in the storage part. I could hear my friends in the van screaming, 'Oh my gosh Christa,' and I could tell by their screams and stuff that I did not look OK," she said.
She was still in the hospital Monday evening and says she will have at least two surgeries to fix fractured vertebrae and a ruptured disk.
There is no word yet on whether the accident will affect her college plans.
The senior plays softball and basketball as well and recently signed to pitch for Fort Scott next year.
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