Five young people have died in a fiery crash on a southwestern Indiana highway after their car became wedged beneath a semitrailer and was dragged for several hundred feet before bursting into flames.

State police Sgt. Todd Ringle says the 21-year-old driver was trying to cross a stretch of the four-lane U.S. 41 near Oaktown Wednesday night when the collision happened. Ringle says the four passengers were all younger than 18. Oaktown is 40 miles south of Terre Haute.

Ringle did not know if the truck driver escaped unscathed nor whether alcohol was a factor in the crash. He declined to release more information about those killed, saying a news conference will take place Thursday afternoon.

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