KATY – Two teenagers died Sunday morning when they were ejected from a truck they were riding in.
The truck was carrying between 12-15 teens, according to a Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, when the 18-year-old driver swerved, causing the truck to flip three times.
A 17-year-old male, who was a football player at Seven Lakes High School, and 16-year-old female, a sophomore at Cinco Ranch High School, died at the scene.
According to the sheriff's office, the teens were meeting in a cul-de-sac on the 25600 block Luna Vista Lane near Roesner Road, where they would be transported by a truck down a dirt road to a bonfire site. Neighbors said it was a common occurrence on weekends.
The driver of the 2004 Toyota Tundra and another passenger were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Katy for treatment, according to the sheriff's office. Officials said they received reports of numerous others involved in the crash checking themselves in at nearby hospitals.
Sheriff's officials said that there were five people inside the cab of the truck and between 8-10 were riding in the bed of the truck.
No charges have been filed at this time, according to officials, but it's still an open case.
There will be a candlelight vigil held at the Seven Lakes High School football field tonight at 5 and a vigil at 7 at Cinco Ranch High School.
Cinco Ranch High School officials sent out a letter to parents saying the school was aware of the accident.
The faculty and staff of Cinco Ranch High School are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our 10th grade students who tragically lost her life in a vehicle accident over the weekend. We ask that you please join us as we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family as they mourn their loss.
Grief counselors will be on campus on Monday to help our school community deal with this loss. We will be doing everything we can to help your child and our staff through this heartbreaking experience.
Seven Lakes High School officials sent out a release saying:
The faculty and staff of Seven Lakes High School are deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our 12th grade students who tragically lost his life in a vehicle accident over the weekend.
We ask that you please join us as we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family as they mourn their loss.
Both schools said they will have grief counselors available Monday.