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Victims of fiery crash identified

The four young people killed in a fiery weekend crash on I-71 have been identified. All four had attended the same Nashville high school and died together Sunday night.

The official identification came from the coroner in Henry County and Kentucky State Police.

Two young men and two young women were headed back home after a trip to Ohio. All killed after being struck by a tractor trailer.

It was a fiery crash that tied up traffic on Interstate 71 in Henry County for for hours.

Witnesses say at about 8:45 Sunday night, the Chevrolet SUV traveling south near mile-marker 35 crossed the median.

"Once the vehicle was in the median, it rotated and went backwards onto the northbound lanes, and the Chevy was struck in the back. Then it was shoved into the median and burst into flames," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Chip Perry.

The coroner has identified the victims as 19-year old Jackson Harris, 18-year old Catlin Curry, 19-year old Ryan Williams and 20-year old Catlin Lee. All graduates of the East Literature Magnet High School in Nashville.

The principal of the school says they were all popular students, active in volunteer work at the school. They all became close friends while in the school band.

"Preliminary autopsy reports indicate that they all died as a result of multiple injuries sustained in an automobile crash, along with fire," said Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard.

For now, state police say there is nothing to indicate alcohol played a part in the crash, but they're still waiting for the toxicology reports.

Police say Jackson Harris was the driver of the SUV. Curry was riding in the front and Williams and Lee were in the back.

The coroner says the identification process wasn't easy.

"We actually identified two of them Monday and we knew of the two. And we had information who the other two were, but we didn't know for sure," said Pollard.

The driver of the tractor trailer was hauling a load of steel. He wasn't hurt in the crash

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