Eastern PA crash kills 2 high school cheerleaders, injuries others

ALBRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say two high school cheerleaders were killed in a two-vehicle collision in eastern Pennsylvania.

State police in Monroe County said Jasmine Fonseca and Taylor Shepherdson, both 16-year-olds from Albrightsville, were passengers in a minivan heading north on Route 903 in Penn Forest Township on Thursday night.

Police said the minivan swerved into the southbound lane and collided with a sport utility vehicle, killing the Jim Thorpe Area High School sophomores and seriously injuring three other teens and a 72-year-old woman.

The Carbon County school said counselors were on hand Friday at the school to help students deal with the loss. School officials have also canceled a pep rally scheduled for Wednesday, the first day of classes.

State police said the cause of the crash is under investigation.

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