• Three Alabama high school cheerleaders died in a car crash on Christmas Day
  • Their two companions survived with one being in stable condition after suffering serious injuries while the other sustained minor bruises and bumps.
  • The incident happened around 6PM when the teenagers headed out from one house to another when they lost control of the SUV they were driving, running off the road and crashing into a tree.

Three Alabama high school girls were killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

The 16 year olds, along with their two other companions, were driving from one house to another around 6 P.M. when their SUV swerved off the road and crashed into a tree.

The three girls, Addyson Martin, Emilee Fain and Cassidy Dunn—all Geneva High School cheerleaders—were reportedly at the front seat while the two surviving victims occupied the back.

“We’re not sure for what reason they lost control but it hit a big oak tree,” Geneva Police Department chief investigator Lt. Michael McDuffie said in a New York Post report. “It could have been a deer ran out in front of them.”

WTVY-TV showed a picture of the totaled car with its roof seemingly ripped off.

McDuffie said in a CNN report that one of the two victims who survived the crash suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to the Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham while the other sustained minor bumps and bruises.

The victim who suffered serious injuries was reported to be in a stable condition.

The victims were also said to be a part of their school’s volleyball team and were involved in other school and community activities.

According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries were the most common cause of death among 10 to 19 year olds globally in 2015, followed by lower respiratory infections and suicide.

CNN reported that in the U.S. alone, the leading cause of death among teenagers aged 15 to 19 was unintentional injuries such as car crashes, the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Car splits in Half after crashing into a tree
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