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GRASS VALLEY -- It's finals week at Bear River High School and just one day until winter break, but instead of excitement, sadness hangs heavy over the Grass Valley school.

An accident Thursday afternoon on Highway 49 in Auburn ripped away the hopes and dreams of two high school seniors.

"It's the phone call we hope to never receive and certainly we're all in shock," said BRHS principal Amy Besler.

The young men, both just 18 years old, died. The BMW they were in was torn in half. The CHP said the teenage driver lost control and drove into on coming traffic. They were broadsided by a pick up truck near Joeger Road. Investigators say the teens were driving too fast for the weather conditions.

"It doesn't feel real I won't be passing them in the hallways anymore," said BRHS junior Julia Bohn.

One victim is remembered as an athlete and the other was a musician according the school principal Amy Besler. The two were set to graduate next year.

"It's a horrific tragedy to lose two young men with such bright futures we're devastated," said Besler.

The school will have counselors on campus all day Friday to help students cope with the loss.