An SUV full of teenagers crashed over the weekend, killing two of the girls in the back seat – both were freshmen from Pottstown High School.
The SUV careened out of control on Route 100 near Moyer Road late Saturday night, hit a guardrail, flipped and landed on its roof.
Andrea Antonio-Harris, 16, and Breanne Brothers, 15, were both thrown from the back seat, according to investigators. They died.
Four other teens were hurt. Three of the injured were from Pottsgrove High and the fourth from Pottstown High.
The school's principal was expected to address students on the school's in-house television station Monday and guidance counselors and school staff were briefed on how to handle questions from students about the incident, according to John Armato, Director of Community Relations for the Pottstown School District.
The Montgomery County District Attorney's office is investigating the accident.
"I don't know these children or their families, but my heart goes out to them. When I hear of these accidents, it is like a punch in the gut. This is a very serious issue and we are losing our kids," DA Risa Vetri-Ferman told the Daily Local.
It's the second accident in the last three weeks in which teenagers from the area have died. On Nov. 23, two students from Pottsgrove High School were killed when the Honda SUV they were riding in lost control and crashed into another car.
Ferman's office produced a documentary on teen driving safety (you can view a clip). The DA said she wasn't ready to talk about this latest accident because it's under investigation, but did said the recent crashes involving teens does underscore the seriousness of the issue.
"One of the things that we know in law enforcement is that when you put 15-year-olds in cars, terrible things can happen."