NEW MANCHESTER - Three 16-year-old students at Oak Glen High School were killed Saturday night when their car collided with a fire truck.
The Hancock County Sheriff's Department reports the New Manchester Volunteer Fire Department was traveling north on W.Va. 8 near the intersection of Tomlinson Run State Park at about 9 p.m. when the vehicle carrying the teens apparently pulled into the northbound lane to pass a southbound vehicle.
"Evidence on the roadway, in conjunction with the witness statements, indicates the passenger vehicle attempted to pull back into the southbound lane, however unsuccessfully," Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.
Firefighters were responding to a possible chimney fire at the time of the accident, according to Fletcher.
Those killed in the passenger car included the driver, Krystyn Butcher, 16, of Newell; Kaylin Blake Rice, 16, of Chester; and John Emmett Snow III, 16, of New Cumberland.
Butcher and Rice were pronounced dead at the scene, while Snow later succumbed to his injuries at East Liverpool Hospital, Fletcher said.
Three New Manchester firefighters were transported to the hospital for injuries, then treated and released.
A sheriff's department spokeswoman on Sunday evening said the investigation into the case in ongoing, and no further information was available.
W.Va. 8 was closed for several hours Saturday night as members of the sheriff's department, State Police, New Cumberland City Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff's Reserve, New Cumberland Ambulance Service, Life Team Ambulance Service, and fire departments from New Manchester, New Cumberland and Newell all responded to the incident.