TAYLORSVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Two teenage girls were killed and a third was injured in a single vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon in Spencer County.
"The vehicle overturned several times, ejecting two of the juveniles," said Trooper Ronald Turley with the Kentucky State Police.
Three Spencer County High School juniors were inside a 1990 Ford pick-up truck when it crashed Wednesday afternoon.
The two thrown from the truck -- the driver and a passenger -- died at the scene; police say they were not wearing a seatbelt.
A third teen had to be airlifted to University Hospital.
As crews worked to remove the mangled truck and clean up the scene, the cause remained a mystery that could take weeks to figure out.
"Our accident reconstructions will pinpoint if speed was a factor, if they were texting," Turley said.
The crash happened less than an hour after school dismissed for the day, and weather isn't believed to be a factor.
But perhaps the lay out of Mike Brown Road and Kentucky 1633 may be a factor.
"It's a very winding road; a rural area of Spencer County. The Mike Brown Road we're talking about has a downgrade to it with a ditch to the right to it that is probably every bit of six to seven feet deep," Turley said.
Now a scenic area with the sounds of a creek running beside it are drowned out by tragedy, as a small community must deal with such a huge loss of two teenagers.
The names of the victims are not officially being released by police until everyone has been identified.
Superintendent Chuck Adams tells WAVE 3 News that Spencer County is a small, tight-knit community and that the loss of these two students will be felt by everyone.
A crisis response team will be at Spencer County High School starting at 7:00 Thursday morning.