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2 teen girls killed, another hurt in crash on I-275

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say one of the girls, who was driving, was trying to change lanes to get to an exit but crashed into a pickup truck.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Two teens were killed in a crash Saturday morning on I-275 in Pinellas County.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the 18-year-old driver, who lives in Largo, was trying to change lanes to get to the exit ramp at 22nd Avenue North when she drove into the path of a pickup truck.

It happened around 6:21 a.m. on the northbound side of the interstate.

Troopers said the passenger side of the 18-year-old's car collided with the driver side of the pickup truck, causing the car to rotate across the interstate and onto the shoulder of the exit ramp -- where it hit two trees.

The 18-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital. Her two passengers have died. They have been identified by FHP as 16-year-old Jiana Minaya, of Clearwater, and 17-year-old Keeoshia Edwards, of St. Petersburg.

In an official press release, Florida Highway Patrol indicated the crash was alcohol-related.

FHP said neither the 16-year-old nor the 17-year-old was wearing a seatbelt. The 18-year-old driver was.

The two men in the pickup truck were a 38-year-old Bradenton man and a 33-year-old man from Palmetto. They were not hurt. FHP said they both were wearing seatbelts.

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