4 high schoolers die in Talladega crash; 1 teen critical

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say four students at Talladega High School were killed when the car they were riding in smashed into a tree shortly after classes ended for the day.

The lone survivor, 17-year-old Ashley Wright, was in critical condition late Wednesday at University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital.

Talladega County Coroner Jerry Castleberry identified the girls who died in the Wednesday crash as 19-year-old Marquesha L. Cook; 19-year-old Kiara Chatman; 19-year-old Jasmine Chatman; and 18-year-old Areshious Wright.

Castleberry says Ashley and Areshious Wright are sisters. The Chatmans are cousins.

Police say the car may have been speeding when it ran off the road and hit the tree, but officials are still trying to piece together what happened.

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