LINCOLN - The 15-year-old girl who was the sole survivor of a fiery crash that killed four of her friends has been released from the hospital.

Roan Brandon, of Gretna, no longer is a patient at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Brandon was transferred to the hospital's burn unit after the June 17 crash at 180th Street and Platteview Road. She and four other girls were in a Ford Fusion that was eastbound on Platteview Road when it left the roadway and hit a guardrail. The car continued into a ravine and caught fire.

Four other juniors-to-be at Gretna High School were pronounced dead at the scene: Abigail Barth, 16, Alexandria Minardi, 15, Kloe Odermatt, 16, and Addisyn Pfeifer, 16.

A Facebook post by Brandon's family had said that a few days after the crash, she was awake and talking. Brandon suffered burns and a broken clavicle that required surgery, the post said.

"We don’t know why God chose her, and we don’t feel worthy of that gift when they’ve lost their girls. Their children all brought such love, light, and laughter to Roan’s life," the family wrote. "Now she has four angels pushing her forward."

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