3 Alabama high school cheerleaders killed in crash on Christmas

Three high school students died Christmas night and two others were injured in a car crash in south Alabama, according to multiple reports.

Geneva County Coroner Donny Adkinson told The Associated Press that 16-year-old Geneva High School students Addyson Martin, Emilee Fain and Cassidy Dunn died when a vehicle they were in left the roadway and crashed into trees Wednesday night. Adkinson told the AP the girls, who were all high school cheerleaders, were in the front seat of the car when the crash happened.

Another girl who was in the car at the time of the crash was seriously injured, though Geneva police Lt. Michael McDuffie told the AP she was expected to recover. Another girl in the vehicle was not seriously injured, according to the AP.

A photo obtained by WTVY showed the vehicle involved in Wednesday's crash with its top partially peeled back.

McDuffie told AL.com the victims of Wednesday's crash were actively involved in their high school.

"It's a tremendous loss for the community," he said, according to AL.com. "We're just asking for prayers for the families and the first responders."

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash, though McDuffie told the AP a deer might have run in front of the vehicle.

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