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Three Herndon Teens Killed in Texas Tractor-Trailer Crash

By: Allan M. Siegel

Three teenagers from Herndon, Virginia were killed in a tragic tractor-trailer crash near Dallas, Texas on Friday, August 11, 2015. According to officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the three teens who died in the crash - H. Novak, 18, D. Neibaur, 19, and K. Mathers, 19 - graduated from Herndon High School in 2014. Two teenage passengers who survived the crash - H. Galbraith or Virginia Beach and K. DiCicco of Herndon - were hospitalized at a local Dallas hospital.

Authorities report that the crash took place early Friday morning on Interstate 30 as the teens were on their way to a video game conference in Austin. Shortly before 2:00 a.m., a vehicle traveling the wrong way crashed head-on into the SUV carrying the 5 teens. A tractor-trailer driving behind the accident was not able to stop in time and slammed into both vehicles before they caught on fire. The 78-year-old driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also killed in the crash.

Texas authorities are continuing to investigate the crash, and have stated that there is no evidence to suggest the wrong-way driver was under the influence - although results from an official toxicology report will take several weeks.

The devastating crash has hit home in the community of Herndon, Virginia where hundreds of residents recently attended a vigil to remember the teens, four of whom were former members of the school's marching band.

CSCS extends our condolences to those affected by the tragedy, as we know the tremendous personal and legal battles victims and their families face in the wake of such an accident. We are hopeful an investigation can provide more insight into what caused the crash.