Two Salem High School students in Washington County died after their car hit a tree and caught fire on Tuesday morning.

The pair were pronounced dead after the truck they were riding in crashed into a tree and caught fire. The two were pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Coroner’s office.

According to Washington County Coroner Rondale Brishaber, names of the students could be released officially later this afternoon.

He said he is working to obtain a 100% identification of the bodies.


According to a media release, police were dispatched to a car on fire at 3:59 a.m. on July 1.

Emergency crews found a 1995 Ford Ranger on State Road 160, about five miles outside of Salem.

The Ford ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree causing it to catch fire.

The crash is under investigation. Stay tuned to WSLM RADIO for more details on the funeral arrangements and more details regarding the cause of the crash.