COVINGTON - Three Salem High School students were killed Friday in a single-vehicle wreck on Ga. Highway 20 in Henry County, according to Henry County officials.
The victims were all residents of Conyers and were students at Salem High School. They were identified as Naijah Grover, 17, who was driving the car; Torrence Blount, 20; and Derron Michael Anderson, 18.
Capt. Jason Bolton, spokesman with the Henry County Police Department, said the accident is believed to have occurred either late Friday night or early Saturday morning, but the bodies were not discovered until about noon Saturday.
Bolton said the wreck occurred in the vicinity of Wilder Way near the entrance to Wilder Plantation subdivision, about 1.5 miles from Newton County and approximately 2 miles from the Rockdale County line.
He said that an off-duty patrol officer and another motorist were driving in the area Saturday and noticed skid marks across the road, leading down an embankment.
"They found a Dodge Neon that had apparently lost control and went off the road and down about a 30-foot embankment," Bolton said. "Upon further investigation, they found the bodies of three black males inside the vehicle."
Bolton said it does not appear that alcohol was a factor in the wreck and investigators do not believe any other vehicles were involved. He said that the specific location of the wreck on Ga. 20 is on a curve and is known to be heavily populated with deer and other wildlife.
"It would have been difficult to see the car from the road except for the skid marks," Bolton said.
Cindy Ball, spokeswoman for Rockdale County Public Schools, said on Saturday that Salem High School will have crisis counselors available at Salem High beginning Monday.
Staff Reporter Michelle Floyd contributed to this article.
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