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Three teenagers killed in fiery crash

Three high school students have died in a crash.

Just after 2:15 Friday morning, police were called to the scene of a fiery crash on U.S. 421 and Hickman Hill Rd. in Franklin County.

All three were students at Franklin County High School.

The victims have been identified as 18-year-old Allen Williams, 18-year-old Benjamin T. Laslie, and 18-year-old Nick Jacoby.

Debris and personal belongings are scattered all over. It's what's left behind after the accident Friday morning that left three high school seniors dead.

"It's just so, so sad. I feel so sorry for the families," says a woman who lives right behind the crash scene.

Other friends of the victims also came out to the scene. They said they couldn't believe it until they saw it for themselves.

All three students were seniors at Franklin County High School and members of the school's Agriculture Club.

Sheriff's Deputies got to the scene around 2:30 in the morning. The sheriff says the teens were in a 2007 Audi sports car, going south on 421.

He says speed looks like the main cause of the crash. Tire marks are still visible on the road, leading to the cluster of trees where the car ultimately crashed and caught on fire.

The Franklin County Coroner pronounced the three students inside dead on the scene.

"This is a tragedy. You never want to come to a scene where three people have died," says Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

State Police were back at the scene later reconstructing the accident.

"it's a very violent crash, and parts came out of the vehicle. The engine came out of the vehicle. We have a huge debris field. The vehicle exploded," says Trooper Hunter Martin.

A difficult day for fellow classmates of the high schoolers, and hard to believe for everyone in the community.

"There just aren't words to express the sadness of the accident."

Grief counselors are at the school today. Administrators say the principal met with the student body earlier this morning.


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