LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. - Three male teens are dead and two female teens were injured in a wreck Thursday night.
The St. Florian Police Department says it happened around 9:30 p.m. on County Road 30. Investigators say the five teens were traveling east when the car they were in came over a hill and lost control. After smashing through a wire fence, authorities say the car struck a tree.
"This is a severe tragedy," said St. Florian Police Department Chief Jason Brewer.
Authorities identified the victims as Braden Turner, 17, Coby Hines, 16, and Tyler Nelson, 16. School administrators say all three were students at Wilson High School.
Police said 16-year-old Kate Boggus, the driver of the vehicle, was airlifted to UAB Hospital. Kaylee McGee, 16, a passenger, was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital. System leaders say they were students at Florence High School.
Saint Florian police believe speed, fog, and wet roads all contributed to the crash.
"When I got there, my sister-in-law was pretty tore up and I knew immediately that it was him," said David Gregg, Tyler Nelson's great uncle.
'"I told Christy last night, I don't know what to say to you. And there is nothing I can say that helps, but the grace of God will get us through this," said Nelson.
Students at Wilson School were scheduled to be off Friday, but the school opened its doors, along with area churches, to help students cope with the accident.
"The magnitude will change a lot of their lives forever. They will never ever forget last night," said Underwood Baptist Church Youth Pastor Matt Buerhaus.
Buerhaus says there's not a lot you can say to the teens who just lost their friends. The community just needs to open their arms and be there for them.
"I was praying about what to say to them last night. Even today as they are about to be here. Just God what do I say to these students, and he kept saying just tell them I love them," said Buerhaus.
Wilson School tweeted Friday morning that they were heartbroken by the accident and that counselors along with local churches would be available Monday for anyone who may need assistance.