UPDATE | Funeral held for two Bamberg teens killed in weekend crash

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 News 12 NBC 26 at 6 O'Clock

BAMBERG, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A heartbreaking goodbye for two young lives lost over the weekend.
Investigators say 18-year old Hannah Furtick and 17-year old Kayleigh Parker died early Sunday morning after hitting a tractor trailer in Bamberg.

Today, hundreds from the small town crowded into the high school gym to say goodbye to the girls.

Their caskets side by side, just like the best-friends were in life, always together. It wasn't suppose to end like this.

Hannah Furtick and Kayleigh Parker were suppose to be together as they walked at graduation. But, instead of gathering for graduation, family, friends, classmates and school staff walked into Bamberg-Ehrardt High School's gym filled with grief

"I don't have to look far to remember. I don't have to look far to remember the conversations," Coach Jake Stewart said through his tears. The two empty chairs inside his classroom are heartbreaking reminders of the two young lives lost.

"It's been somber. It's been somber, especially for facility and staff. It's been somber," the coach said.

He, like many, got the call early Sunday morning. There had been an accident. Highway patrol says the teens were driving the girls were driving west along Highway 78 when they crossed the center line and and hit a tractor trailer head on.

"What do you say? Two weeks ago she was sitting in that desk looking at me talking to me. The other girl was sitting behind me looking at me talking to me," Coach Stewart said.

He says Kayleigh's smile could light up a room. Hannah had drive. She knew where she would be after graduation. Coach Stewart was especially close to her. They would talk history and debate politics. "I will miss her. I don't know what else to say I'll miss her," he said.

Coach Stewart says Kayleigh was suppose to wrestle in a tournament this weekend. She dedicated the match to her brother who died two years ago

Many in the small town will miss them. Many can't understand why. And many will never forget.

Highway patrol is still investigating.


Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

BAMBERG, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The funeral for two Bamberg-Ehrhardt students will be held at the high school.

According to family members, the first visitation for Hannah Elizabeth Furtick, 18, will be held at Cooner's Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday.

There will be a visitation for Furtick and Kayleigh Parker, 17, at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

The funeral is also being held at the high school. The service starts at 3 p.m. Wednesday.


Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

BAMBERG, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Two Bamberg teenagers were killed in a crash on Sunday morning.

Hannah Elizabeth Furtick, 19, and Kayleigh Parker, 17, both of Bamberg died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Both teens were seniors at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. Furtick's mother tells News 12 NBC 26 that they are going to have a joint funeral at the high school at a later date.

South Carolina Highway Patrol says the crash happened at around 3:15 Sunday morning on US 78.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash. Troopers say Eddie Livingston from Orangeburg was driving a 2005 freight tractor trailer driving east down 78. The other car was a Chevrolet four door heading west down the highway.

Troopers say the Chevrolet crossed over the center line and hit the tractor trailer head on. All parties were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Livingston was injured. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.



Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

BAMBERG, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Two people are dead after a car accident early Sunday morning on Highway 78 in Bamberg.

South Carolina Highway Patrol says the crash happened at around 3:15 Sunday morning on US 78.

Two vehicles were involved in the crash. Troopers say Eddie Livingston from Orangeburg was driving a 2005 freight tractor trailer driving east down 78. The other car was a Chevrolet four door heading west down the highway. Officials say two people were inside that car.

Troopers say the Chevrolet crossed over the center line and hit the tractor trailer head on. All parties were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The two people inside the Chevrolet died on the scene.

Livingston was injured. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

News 12 NBC 26 has reached out to the Bamberg coroner for more information on the victims. We will continue to update this developing story.