Three teenagers died and five others suffered injuries when a pickup truck they were riding in lost control and crashed.
Department of Public Safety troopers say the driver, Robert Andrew Russell, 18, died along with Colbie Miller, 19 and Bailee Sims, 19. They were from Paris, Texas.
Russell was driving his 2006 Chevy pickup truck just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday along the Pat Mayse Dam Road in Lamar County northeast of Dallas, when police say he somehow lost control, clipped a tree then flipped several times.
Nearly everyone inside was ejected. Police said only one person was wearing a seatbelt.
The speed limit on the road is 55 miles per hour. It's unknown at this point how fast Russell was driving.
Investigators say speed and alcohol are factors in the deadly crash.
Sunglasses, keys, cell phones and other items were found scattered in the woods.
Kaitlyn Jones is good friends with two of the 3 victims. She says it hasn't hit her yet that her friends are actually gone. She said she was closest with Bailee. "She was like my sister. She's crazy, like so crazy and so funny. I just can't believe it happened," said Jones. "I think I want to remember Bailey as super funny and she didn't care what anybody thought which is the way to be."
All five surviving passengers went to a hospital. Three have been treated and released. The two who remain hospitalized in critical condition are at Paris Regional Hospital and Plano Medical Center.
DPS is in charge of the case but typically the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will take over the aspect of finding out who may have supplied alcohol to these teens and/or how they got it.
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