LINCOLN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Police said two young women died after their car collided head-on with a semi-truck on I-94 in Berrien County Sunday afternoon.
They have been identified as Rashell Allen, 19, from Holland and Jaquisha Wright, 18, from Chicago, according to a Monday afternoon news release.
The crash happened around 4:37 p.m. near the 24 mile marker in Lincoln Township, north of Stevensville.
The women were traveling in a westbound car when the Wright apparently swerved to avoid a piece of tire in the road, and their vehicle struck a box truck that was traveling in the same direction, witnesses told police.
Wright then lost control of her vehicle, resulting in the car crossing the median and colliding head-on with an eastbound semi-truck, police said.
The semi-truck then crossed the median and crashed into the ditch on the opposite side of the road.
The women's car sustained extensive damage, and the women apparently died on impact with the semi-truck, police said.
"The community is just really stunned," Rev. Denis Kingdom Grier -- Wright's pastor -- told 24 Hour News 8 Monday. "She went to Holland Public Schools, she went to the Boys and Girls club, she was part of urban youth, she was part of MAC rec, she volunteered here during the summer. I just think that everybody and every single aspect of this community feels a great loss at this time."
The driver of the semi truck -- a 57-year-old man from Illinois -- suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the box truck, whose identity is unknown, was not hurt and his vehicle sustained minor damage.
Neither excessive speed nor impairment appeared to have been factors in this incident, police said, and all of the people involved wore their seat belts.
This portion of the road was closed for four hours as authorities investigated the crash and cleared the scene.
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