Siblings killed in a single car crash

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LUMPKIN, GA (WTVM) -  Georgia State Troopers are investigating a crash that claimed the lives of two Lumpkin teenagers.

Just two days after Christmas a family is mourning the loss of two children whose lives were lost in a Monday afternoon car crash. Around 1:30 p.m. Monday Georgia State Troopers responded to a single car accident in Lumpkin. They found a 2008 Suzuki in a ditch on the side of the road.

Sgt. Tommy Peeples with the Georgia State Patrol told News Leader 9, "The vehicle was traveling westbound on Highway 27. It appears the driver traveled off the north shoulder and over-corrected as she was trying to bring the vehicle back on the road causing the vehicle to cross over both lanes of the highway and off the south shoulder. The vehicle then dropped off a steep embankment and overturned several times."

Eighteen-year-old Rena Simmons was driving with her 17-year-old brother in the car. Troopers tell us the two were coming from a relative's house to their home, just five miles down the road from the scene of the crash.

"The driver was wearing a seat belt, she was pinned inside the vehicle. The passenger was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected," explained Sgt. Peeples.

Friends of the family stopped by the crash scene Tuesday afternoon, to pay their respects and try to piece together exactly what caused the deadly crash.

Peeples added, "We don't really know what caused her to run off the road. I don't know if she was distracted by something inside the car or outside the car. It's an unfortunate accident."

We're told funeral arrangements for the Simmons are still in the works.

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