Five Vermont high school students were killed when their car was struck by a wrong-way driver Saturday night on Interstate 89 in Williston, state police say.
Local school officials have identified the five teens killed in the crash as Eli Brookens, Janie Cozzi, Liam Hale, Mary Harris and Cyrus Zschau. Four of the five teens killed in the crash were students at Harwood Union High School, the Waterbury Record reports.
The fifth teen lived in the same community, but attended a different school. They were all in their junior year. "This is an unprecedented tragedy; we have suffered a tremendous loss. These students were vibrant members of our school community, actively involved and all with a promise for a bright future," principal Amy Rex said in a statement. They were returning from a concert in Burlington, WCAX-TV reports.
The crash happened just before midnight. Police are still investigating to determine the identify of the driver of the pickup truck that struck the car the teens were in. But a 36-year-old man, Steven Bourgoin
, is in custody after police say he stole a Williston Police Department SUV and sped away from the scene, eventually crashing into seven other vehicles. He was injured, but is expected to survive. Charges are expected to be filed against him when the investigation is completed. Click through the gallery to see photos of the five victims and to learn about them as more information is made available.