LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) — Three teenagers were killed in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday night.
The crash happened in front of the Northtowne Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 98 North around 10:30 p.m.
Lakeland police said they found three unresponsive teens inside a 2012 Nissan Versa.
The driver, a 16-year-old girl, was extricated from the car and taken to a hospital, where she died.
A 16-year-old boy and a 19-year-old boy were pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said they believe the 16-year-old driver was speeding when she hit a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT truck that was turning into the shopping plaza.
After the crash, the Lincoln truck hit a Toyota Corolla that was attempting to exit the plaza.
The Lincoln truck driver and the Toyota Corolla driver both suffered minor injuries but were not taken to a hospital, police said.
The northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 98 North were closed for several hours due to the crash. They reopened Thursday morning.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Crash Investigator Officer Tyler Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.