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South Elgin High School releases statement after crash leaves 2 students killed, 1 student critical

Two high school students were killed in the crash and three others -- two of them students -- were injured, police said

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School District U-46 has released a statement after two South Elgin High School students were killed and three others -- two of whom were also South Elgin High School students -- were injured in a tragic crash Thursday morning in Bartlett.

"It is with a heavy heart that we write about a loss in our South Elgin High School family," the statement sent to NBC Chicago began. The rest of the statement continues below.

"Losing a member of our school community is a tragedy, sad, and may be difficult to understand. Four South Elgin High School students were involved in a car accident this morning. According to our law enforcement, two of the students lost their lives, and one of the other students is in critical condition and is being treated at an area hospital, and the fourth student received non-life-threatening injuries. At this time, we cannot share the student’s names out of respect to the families and to allow for next of kin notifications. We have school social workers and counselors available for emotional support for students, staff and families.

Our thoughts, prayers, and most sincere condolences are with the families and loved ones of the students during this incredibly difficult time."

According to officials, the crash, which involved a Mack semi-tractor trailer and a 2002 Honda Civic occurred at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of IL Route 25 and Kenyon Road. According to police, the male driver of the trailer was transported to a nearby hospital in stable condition.

Two females who were inside the Honda Civic were transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition, officials said. According to Bartlett police, one of the victims later succumbed to her injuries.

A third female passenger from the Honda Civic was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

A fourth female passenger from the Honda Civic was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition, officials said.

“We’re just trying to get through the moment right now, and we’ll try to get through the day, and then we’ll try to get through tomorrow. And we’ll just take it one day at a time," said South Elgin Principal Kurt Johansen.

A press release from the South Elgin & Countryside Fire Department stated that crews needed to removed the roof to the Honda Civic in order to gain access to the car's four occupants, all of whom were South Elgin High School students.

Photos and video from the scene earlier this morning showed a heavy police and emergency presence from Elgin, Fox River, Geneva, Carol Stream, St. Charles and more, along with roads closed and traffic backed up as officials worked to investigate.

"Every accident is hard to deal with and especially ones such as this," said William Luchsinger, fire chief for South Elgin and Countryside.

South Elgin High School said services will be available for those who need them as long as it's necessary.

"It’s overwhelming, the loss and the grief," said Supt. Suzanne Johnson. “It took just a matter of minutes for this event to unfold and then to have this outpouring of support.”

The Kane County Coroner has identified the students killed in the crash, whose identities will be released at some point Friday.

Police said the cause of the crash remained under investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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