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A group of Nebraska teenagers on a mission trip in New Orleans were injured when an elevator they were riding crashed and dropped three stories, according to a report.

KETV in Omaha reported that four high school students and a homeowner hosting the group suffered leg injuries in the accident at a New Orleans home.

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Five students and three adults from Nebraska were in New Orleans last week volunteering with RHINO, which stands for Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans, through St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church. The group went to eat dinner at a host family’s home on Thursday night, and the teenagers and homeowner were taking the home’s elevator to the third floor when it crashed, KETV reported.

The four students injured are members of First Presbyterian Church in Wahoo, Nebraska. A group leader and member of the church told KETV that two girls required surgery for leg and heel fractures. One teen suffered a broken foot and broken ankle, which could require surgery later, and the other teen suffered a broken ankle.

The homeowner suffered a broken leg in multiple places, Denise Lawver told KETV.

Three of the injured teenagers left New Orleans on Sunday, according to the group's Facebook page. One remained in the hospital.

A GoFundMe page for that student, Saphire Quintana, said she would need at least one more surgery and would require months of physical therapy.

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church offered to pay travel expenses for the teens’ parents to come to New Orleans after the accident, KETV reported.

RHINO began in 2005 as a response to Hurricane Katrina and now focuses on “service projects and volunteer work citywide,” according to its website. It hosts groups from across the country.

Read the full KETV report here.