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3 HS students, 1 other killed in fiery 2-vehicle crash

RICE HILL, Ore. (KOIN) -- Four people, including three Eagle Point High School students, were killed Saturday night after two vehicles collided on I-5 near milepost 154.

Eagle Point posted on Facebook on Sunday confirming the identities of the three students killed: Jennifer Montano, who was driving the Nissan, Luciana Tellez-Cabezas and Esmeralda Nava. All of the students were 18 years old and from White City, Oregon.

Oregon State Police said emergency responders were dispatched to the crash around 9:30 p.m.

According to the preliminary investigation, an Acura Integra was driving southbound when -- for unknown reasons -- turned around and starting driving north in the southbound lanes. It continued driving northbound and collided almost head-on with a Nissan Murano.

Due to the collision, both vehicles became engulfed with flames.

OSP said bystanders were able to remove two passengers from the Murano, however, they both died of their injuries. The drivers of both vehicles weren't able to be safely removed and also died.

I-5 southbound was closed for over five hours due to the fatal crash. 

The fourth person and driver of the Acura was identified as 65-year-old Gayle Ward from Vancouver, Washington.

Investigators are looking for any witnesses who may have seen the Acura on I-5 southbound prior to the crash. Witnesses can call Oregon State Police at 541.440.3333 and reference case number SP18-181178.


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