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3 dead in wreck: At least two of teens were North Gwinnett students

SUWANEE - An afternoon vehicle collision claimed the life of three teenagers in Suwanee on Thursday.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, said the accident occurred a little before 3:40 p.m. at the intersection of Lawrenceville-Suwanee and Smithtown roads.

The teens were in a white passenger car headed east on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, while a fully loaded "logging truck" was headed west, Moloney said.

Preliminary reports indicated that the accident occurred when the driver of the car attempted to turn left and collided with the truck, Moloney said.

The teens, all described as males of Asian descent, were pronounced dead at the scene, Moloney said.

Their names had not been released as of press time Thursday night, but two of them have been confirmed as North Gwinnett High School students, Moloney said.

It is unknown if the third victim was a student.

The driver of the truck was not injured.

Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department, said firefighters responded to the scene at 3:42 p.m.

Two engines, two ambulances, a fire squad and a battalion chief responded, Rutledge said.

"Firefighters used the Jaws-of-Life to extricate the three fatality victims from inside the passenger car," Rutledge said.

Moloney said county police were notified of the collision by Suwanee police, who requested the use of the county's accident investigation unit.

Moloney also said a Suwanee police officer was in the immediate area when the collision occurred and arrived quickly.

"It was probably one of those where the officer heard the collision," Moloney said.

The incident is still under investigation.