For a group of five teenage friends in Upshur County, Saturday was supposed to be a day of carefree fun.

The Maple Syrup Festival was underway, and Hannah Browning, Anna Wamsley, Lindsey Rose, Shasta Rutledge-Andrick and April Zickefoose had big plans.

The weekend event usually is a chance for people in Buckhannon and smaller communities to gather and cut loose, eat pancakes and play paintball.

But the girls had one other thing on their minds -- hopping in a truck and going "mudding."

It was their favorite pastime.

The close-knit crew were known as country girls, and they loved wearing jeans, boots and getting behind the wheel to scout out the biggest mudholes around.

It''s not clear exactly what they were doing Saturday afternoon, about 4:30, when Hannah''s yellow 2004 Ford F-150, with its big extended cab, ran into a culvert and then slammed into a tree.

Friends said they might have been heading to the festival to watch the truck shows there, or even headed out to get a bigger, better truck to take back and show off themselves.

By the time emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident on Gaines-Canaan Road near Rock Cave, Hannah, 18; Anna, 17; Lindsey, 19; and Shasta, 18, were all dead.

April, 17, was the only survivor. She was in stable condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital after undergoing knee surgery Sunday.

Speed was a factor in the accident, Upshur County Sheriff Virgil Miller said today.

Deputies are still waiting on toxicology results, he said.

There was a memorial service Sunday at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Four of the girls were enrolled in the school, and the fifth - Lindsey - was a 2007 Buckhannon-Upshur graduate in her freshman year at Fairmont State.

Students and teachers were given a two-hour delay on Monday for counseling.

Four crosses and a plaque have been placed on the roadside where the girls died.

Those who knew them say they were as close as could be.

Three of them -- Hannah, Anna and Lindsey -- were together so often, they were known as the "Tripod."

Though they shared a lot of interests -- sports and trucks -- each one had distinct personality.

Anna, a junior, was a true country girl, said Ed McDaniels, pastor of Christian Fellowship Church and athletic director at Buckhannon-Upshur.

"Every once in a while, you would see her in a dress, but usually she would wear boots and a sweatshirt," he said.

She was a friendly girl, said Kayla Farrabee, a 17-year-old junior and a friend. "She loved everybody," Farabee said. "She liked hanging out, but she didn''t like to be too adventurous because she was scared of stuff."

Anna always had a smile on her face, McDaniels said.

"She lived life to the fullest," he said. "She treated everybody the same. She was a girl that was never down."

BUCKHANNON -- For a group of five teenage friends in Upshur County, Saturday was supposed to be a day of carefree fun.

The Maple Syrup Festival was underway, and Hannah Browning, Anna Wamsley, Lindsey Rose, Shasta Rutledge-Andrick and April Zickefoose had big plans.

The weekend event usually is a chance for people in Buckhannon and smaller communities to gather and cut loose, eat pancakes and play paintball.

But the girls had one other thing on their minds -- hopping in a truck and going "mudding."

It was their favorite pastime.

The close-knit crew were known as country girls, and they loved wearing jeans, boots and getting behind the wheel to scout out the biggest mudholes around.

It''s not clear exactly what they were doing Saturday afternoon, about 4:30, when Hannah''s yellow 2004 Ford F-150, with its big extended cab, ran into a culvert and then slammed into a tree.

Friends said they might have been heading to the festival to watch the truck shows there, or even headed out to get a bigger, better truck to take back and show off themselves.

By the time emergency crews arrived at the scene of the accident on Gaines-Canaan Road near Rock Cave, Hannah, 18; Anna, 17; Lindsey, 19; and Shasta, 18, were all dead.

April, 17, was the only survivor. She was in stable condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital after undergoing knee surgery Sunday.

Speed was a factor in the accident, Upshur County Sheriff Virgil Miller said today.

Deputies are still waiting on toxicology results, he said.

There was a memorial service Sunday at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Four of the girls were enrolled in the school, and the fifth - Lindsey - was a 2007 Buckhannon-Upshur graduate in her freshman year at Fairmont State.

Students and teachers were given a two-hour delay on Monday for counseling.

Four crosses and a plaque have been placed on the roadside where the girls died.

Those who knew them say they were as close as could be.

Three of them -- Hannah, Anna and Lindsey -- were together so often, they were known as the "Tripod."

Though they shared a lot of interests -- sports and trucks -- each one had distinct personality.

Anna, a junior, was a true country girl, said Ed McDaniels, pastor of Christian Fellowship Church and athletic director at Buckhannon-Upshur.

"Every once in a while, you would see her in a dress, but usually she would wear boots and a sweatshirt," he said.

She was a friendly girl, said Kayla Farrabee, a 17-year-old junior and a friend. "She loved everybody," Farabee said. "She liked hanging out, but she didn''t like to be too adventurous because she was scared of stuff."

Anna always had a smile on her face, McDaniels said.

"She lived life to the fullest," he said. "She treated everybody the same. She was a girl that was never down."

She had plans to attend Marshall University and to become a pediatrician.

Anna''s funeral was scheduled for today at The Way of Holiness Church at 2 p.m. She also attended church there.

Hannah, a senior, considered Upshur County "heaven on earth," McDaniels said.

She probably would have lived the rest of her life there, he said.

"She always cheered people up," Farrabee said. "She loved the mud. She liked to do just any new adventure she could find. She would love to find random places to go mudding."

Hannah was to have graveside rites at Canaan Cemetery at 11 a.m. today, McDaniels said.

Lindsey was liked for her great sense of humor, McDaniels said.

"She was always smiling," he said.

But he recalled with a grin that she was perpetually late for everything.

In high school, Lindsay was on the cheerleading squad, in dance and gymnastics.

Photos on her page atMySpace.com show that she also liked getting her hands dirty. She can be seen posing with tools and working on big trucks.

While she dreamed of becoming a model, she was majoring in pre-law at Fairmont State, and she loved school, Farrabee said.

"She was really outgoing, too," Farrabee said.

Her funeral was to be at 2 p.m. today at the New Life Tabernacle, where she attended church.

Shasta, a senior, was involved in sports, and she was good.

She played soccer and basketball for years, but gave up basketball her senior year to concentrate on soccer, McDaniels said.

She had made the first team in the North Central Athletic Conference and the second team at the All-State level, he said.

Shasta already had been recruited by a number of schools to play soccer, Farrabee said.

"Soccer was her life," she said.

Shasta, too, was pretty and popular and her peers had voted onto homecoming court this year.

"She was really friendly with everybody," Farrabee said.

Funeral arrangements for Shasta are incomplete because her stepfather has been serving in Iraq and family members are waiting for him to come home.