Two young women killed in a fiery wreck along a Pennsylvania highway were on Facebook Live at the time of the crash, according to state police.
Brooke Hughes, 18, from Scranton, and Chaniya Morrison-Toomey, 19, from Dunmore, died in the crash, which happened just after midnight Tuesday near Mount Pocono, according to KTLA sister station WNEP in Scranton.
The pair died after their car was hit from behind by a big rig.
The video, which has been taken down from Facebook, shows Hughes driving along Interstate 380 while holding the cellphone, according to the Times-Tribune newspaper in Scranton.
Morrison-Toomey asks, “Are you going live?”
But before Hughes can respond, lights suddenly fill the interior of the car and there’s the sound of screeching tires. Then the video goes black.
Officials say the two women were traveling at a low rate of speed before the crash, and troopers are now examining the video to try to figure out why. The car had a spare tire on it, authorities said.
A third person, 17-year-old Samantha Piasecki, had been in the car earlier with the two teens, who dropped her off before the crash.
“They were both down-to-earth people,” she told the paper. “They had smiles that could light up dark rooms. Anytime you were with them it was always fun.”
Piasecki told the Times-Tribune she’sthankful she escaped the crash, “but I feel like if I went, I could have stopped it somehow.”