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CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Extra grief counselors will be on hand at Bunker Hill High School Monday as students mourn two classmates killed in a crash over the weekend.

North Carolina state troopers said the two students were killed in a crash late Friday night in Catawba County.

A school official told WSOC the victims were Alec Sigmon and Justin Turner, both 10th graders.

Three others were in the car, including 2014 graduate Jacob Turner, and seniors Chloe Cordell and Jessica Sigmon.

Troopers said a 2002 Mercedes Benz carrying five people crashed on Riverbend Road around 10 p.m. Friday.

According to troopers, the car was heading east on Riverbend, away from N.C. 16, at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control on a curve and ran off the road. The car then flipped before crashing into a tree and a fence.

Two of the five people in the car were ejected, according to officials.

At this time, troopers do not believe alcohol played a role in the deadly wreck but did take blood samples from the driver and seized three cell phones at the scene.

The principal of Bunker Hill HS said he will be addressing students and staff Monday morning about the crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

Source: WSOC