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Car that split in two was reportedly carrying high school students

The identities of the victims have not been released by officials.
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Multiple reports say the five people involved in a crash that split a car in half in Woodbury on Saturday night are all students from East Ridge High School. 

The identities of the individuals involved have not been released, though the Star Tribune and KARE 11 report that all five are students, including a passenger who was fatally ejected when the 2015 Honda Accord split in two when it struck a tree.

South Washington County Schools has not confirmed the reports, only telling KARE 11 that "some" of the individuals involved in the accident are East Ridge students. Woodbury Public Safety Commander John Altman said all victims are 16 or 17 years old.

Citing "several friends," the Star Tribune reports that the four victims who were transported to Regions Hospital and M Health Fairview in Woodbury, respectively, were all in stable condition on Sunday afternoon. 

"We don't have new information to share. What we do know is that there are many people that have a lot of emotion to process: moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, extended families, friends, classmates, neighbors, responders - the entire Woodbury community, really," Woodbury Public Safety announced in an update Sunday afternoon. 

The crash scene, on Settlers Ridge Parkway near Sundance Lane, was the site for mourners on Sunday, with many leaving flowers, hand-written signs and even a hockey jersey as tribute.  

East Ridge boys hockey tweeted: "Hug your friends, Hug your family and say a prayer for all that are involved."

The East Ridge girls hockey team played Sunday night, losing to Mounds View 3-1. Mounds View girls hockey tweeted its condolences to the school after the game. 

The crash was reported by numerous 911 callers at 11:08 p.m. Saturday, with Woodbury Public Safety saying the 2015 Honda Accord was split in half after striking a tree. 

The person who died after being ejected from the vehicle was a passenger, while Altman said the driver and three other passengers were extricated by first responders, who arrived at the scene and began triaging victims just three minutes after the crash was reported. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

"A thorough investigation into a crash such as this takes time. Here at Woodbury Public Safety, our hearts are heavy for all involved and affected by this tragedy."

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