PENNFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP/WWJ) – Authorities say two high school students have died following a crash in southern Michigan.

The Calhoun County sheriff’s department says the 16- and 17-year-old girls were students at Pennfield High School and died at the scene of Thursday afternoon’s crash in Pennfield Township, near Battle Creek.

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Pennfield Schools Superintendent Tim Everett tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that the victims Kaleigh Woodman and Sabrina Almaraz both were juniors.

Investigators say the girls’ car went out of control as it crested a hill, left the roadway and struck a tree. Deputies said speed appears to have been a factor. Parents of the victims arrived at the scene shortly afterward.

Everett said grief counselors will be available at school, and MLive.com reports varsity basketball games scheduled for Friday at Pennfield High will be rescheduled.

A candelight vigil is being held friends and family of Sabrina and Kaleigh Sunday, 6 p.m. at the Pennfield High School flag poll.

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