Two high school students died in a one-vehicle wreck on U.S. 80 late Sunday, days away from the last day of school.
Carlie Suzann Lloyd, 16, of Phenix City and Ashley Cheyanne Arrowsmith, 15, of Salem died about 8:40 p.m. Sunday after Lloyd's 2001 F250 left the road, about five miles west of Phenix City. The vehicle then struck a tree at U.S. 80 and Flournoy Road, Alabama State Troopers said.
Both girls died from blunt force injuries, said Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. They were pronounced dead at 11 p.m.
Lloyd attended Smiths Station High School. Arrowsmith went to the Smiths Station Freshman Center.
"Ashley was a very sweet and respected young lady," said Jason Wright, the freshman center's principal. "She had a multitude of friends. It's a very sad day on campus. We've had a number of students visibly upset and shaken."
Lloyd was a horse enthusiast who loved talking about the animals, said Jason Yohn, principal of Smiths Station high.
"Our hearts are broken," Yohn said. "We certainly feel for Carlie's family and the family of the other young lady."
Grief counselors were available Monday at both schools, which currently are administering final exams. The last official day for both schools is Wednesday.
Blair Phillips, a junior at Smiths Station High School, knew Lloyd.
"She was an all-around sweet person," Phillips said Monday. "She was a friend of a lot of students."
Speaking of the accident, Phillips said, "It is a shame to see people die so young. "
Troopers are investigating the crash.
-- Staff writer Larry Gierer contributed to this report.