Texas Department of Public Safety officials confirmed Kyle Mathers, 19, Holly Novak, 18, and Dale Neibaur, 19, died in the crash near Greenville, Tex.
Two others, Kevin DiCicco, 19, and Hannah Galbraith, 18, were injured in the crash and are at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Four of the students were former Hornet band members: Novak (drum major), Mathers (pep band manager), Neibaur (trombone section leader) and DiCicco (pit section leader), the Pride of Herndon Band Facebook page confirmed.
Novak lived with her mother in Reston and “was the sweetest and kindest girl ever,” a neighbor said. Novak was a student at Northern Virginia Community College.
Authorities said the teens were heading to a music festival when the fiery crash occurred on Interstate 30.
The teenagers’ SUV was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver at 1:50 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said.
An 18-wheeler driving behind the accident could not stop in time and slammed into both the SUV and the wrong-way driver’s car. Both vehicles caught fire.
The wrong-way driver, identified as Kenneth G. Frazier, 78, of Royce City, Tex. was also killed in the crash, as was his dog.
Photos: Kyle Mathers, left; Holly Novak, right/Credit: Herndon High Yearbook