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A horrific car accident claimed the lives of five cheerleaders on Tuesday night after their SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with a tractor-trailer.

The accident occurred only five days after Fairport High School celebrated its graduation. The five girls, cheerleaders, were among the graduating class.

The girls were traveling on a two lane highway while being followed by another group of four classmates en route to a vacation home. Attempting to pass a van that was traveling too slowly, the driver of the SUV passed the vehicle on the two lane road but when she pulled back into her lane, she over corrected and hit a tractor-trailer.

The crash knocked down utility lines and cut phone service in the western half of Ontario County. The truck driver wasn’t injured in the crash.

One of the passengers in the trailing vehicle, an 18-year-old girl, said “In our car, we could see the truck coming, and we all started screaming.” Within a moment the SUV hit the oncoming tractor trailer and burst into flames.

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