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Grief counselors at school after teens die in crash

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Grief counselors are at Gainesville High School on Monday after two teenagers died in a crash late Saturday night.

Investigators said an SUV and a sedan collided on Northwest 53rd Avenue, and each was carrying three people.

The people in the sedan were trapped and unresponsive when rescue crews arrived.

Emily Cook, 15, and Ashley Ertle, 13, died at the scene. Cook was a freshman at Gainesville High.

Ertle's father, who was driving the sedan, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Police said Ertle's vehicle was heading westbound on Northwest 53rd Avenue and, according to witnesses, was possibly trying to pass another westbound vehicle. Investigators are not certain yet if he over-corrected or what caused the crash, but the collision occurred in the eastbound lane, police said.

They said the investigation will take time, and it is still unknown if alcohol or speed were factors.

All three in the SUV suffered minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital.

So far, no charges have been filed, but the crash remains under investigation.