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A 17-year-old girl became the second person to pass away as a result of a crash on a Northern Kentucky highway.

The girl, a high school senior, was involved in a fender-bender in the southbound lanes of Interstate 71/75. The two vehicles – a sedan and a pickup truck – pulled to the side of the highway. Two people, presumably the drivers, exited their vehicles.

While outside, they were hit by a tractor-trailer.

“They’re out there exchanging information, and while they’re out there, there’s a tractor-trailer that’s apparently changing lanes over to the right. When he changed lanes, he made contact with two of the pedestrians outside.” said a police captain in Florence, Kentucky.

The other pedestrian, a 34-year-old man previously was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The girl was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition and later died.

A third person was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The crash is still under investigation.

After an accident, the most important thing to do is stay safe. Pull as far off the road as you can, and check to make sure you and your passengers aren’t injured. Call 911 if you need medical assistance. If you’re in an unsafe location, don’t get out of the car. Put your flashing lights on, and call the police.

This was a tragic incident that cost two people their lives and undoubtedly left families in mourning. They will want to watch for the results of the investigation and perhaps follow up with an attorney to discuss their options.