Community mourns teens killed in wrong-way crash

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Candlelight vigil held for five teens killed when a wrong-way driver slammed into their car on Vermont's Interstate 89.

(WPTZ) Hundreds gathered at Harwood Union High School Monday night to light candles and pray for peace.

The vigil came less than 48 hours after five teenagers were killed in a fiery car crash on Interstate 89.

“It hasn’t really sunk in. It just… doesn’t feel real,” said Bailey McHugh, a sophomore at the school where four of the victims were juniors.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin called for the state flag to fly at half-staff until Thursday in their memory.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare,” Schumlin said at the vigil. “It’s every brother and sister’s worst nightmare, every grandparent’s worst nightmare, every family member and friend’s worst nightmare.”

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