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Three teenagers were killed after these two pickups crashed in rural southeast Indiana. The three were students with the day off for a FFA event.

3 high-schoolers killed in crash of 2 pickup trucks

– Three teenagers who had left a school function early were killed Thursday when their pickup trucks collided at a rural intersection in southeast Indiana, police and school officials said.

The two-vehicle crash involved six students from South Ripley High School in the small town of Versailles, about 45 miles west of Cincinnati.

The students had the day off school to attend a Future Farmers of America event at a rural church, but they left the daylong event about 9:30 a.m. after serving breakfast to local agriculture officials, Superintendent Rob Moorhead said.

Police believe both drivers ran a four-way stop and their trucks collided at a right angle, with the larger dual-wheel Dodge truck hitting the smaller Ford F-250 broadside.

Three of the teenagers died at the scene, and the others were taken to local hospitals, Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze said.

Those killed were identified as the driver of the Ford F-250, 17-year-old Timothy Bowman of Osgood, and his passenger, 18-year-old Jacob Vogel of Versailles. A passenger in the other pickup, 18-year-old Samantha Hanson of Holton, also was killed.

Investigators don’t know why the teenagers left the event early.

The conditions of the four other students weren’t immediately released.

Moorhead said officials at the high school, which has about 370 students, called students into the gym to tell them about the deaths.

Teachers at the school were also briefed.

“It’s completely devastating to the people at the school,” Moorhead said.

The fatal crash was the latest in handful of recent tragedies in Versailles, a town of about 2,000.

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