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By: Robert Price
Students and teachers at Uvalde High School are mourning the deaths of two members of the class of 2012.
The 19-year-olds were killed Friday morning and two passengers were seriously injured when their truck crashed south of Concan.
Mike Ramos and Nick Hernandez were good friends. At Uvalde High School, they played football together. They were on the varsity baseball team together.
So students still can't believe they're gone.
"I didn't really know about it until I heard about it in the morning," said one senior.
"Everybody was crying a little bit," said student Matthew Morin.
Not much is left of the 2004 Ford F-150 Nick Hernandez was driving early Friday morning. Investigators say Hernandez, Ramos, and two friends were heading down Highway 83 one mile south of Concan when the truck veered off the road, flipped, and landed on its roof in a creek bed down below.
Hernandez and Ramos died at the scene.
The two other passengers were rushed to the hospital.
In the days since the accident, friends have rallied in support of Mike and Nick. Saturday night, fellow graduates of the class of 2012 -- many of them home on Spring Break -- came together for a candlelight vigil in the town square. At Uvalde High, current students are paying their respects in other ways.
"People are helping each other out now," says Morin. "Making posters, putting t-shirts and everything for them."
Students say nick and mike may have graduated last year, but they remained close by.
"They were still part of high school they went over there once in a while to see how it was doing."
In a tight-knit community like Uvalde, even those who didn't know the teens well are doing what they can to help.
"It's good that people show that they care for them and they miss them, because yeah, they were good people."
19-year-old passenger Cody Cruz was taken to university hospital in serious condition with head trauma. 18-year-old Justin Sandoval suffered injuries to his hands and arms.
The Texas Highway Patrol says its investigation into what caused the truck to crash could take up to thirty days.
Monday, March 18 2013, 09:21 PM CDT
High winds derail 47 BNSF cars in Texas Panhandle
June 18, 2013 15:53 GMT
FRIONA, Texas (AP) -- A rail line in the Texas Panhandle has reopened after storms packing winds strong enough to form a tornado overturned more than 40 BNSF Railway cars.
BNSF spokesman Joe Faust said Tuesday that nobody was hurt in the derailment between Friona (free-OHN'-uh) and Summerfield.
Faust says 47 cars that were empty or carrying various freight derailed before dawn Monday. He says 42 cars ended up on their sides. No cargo spilled on the 71-car train traveling from Clovis, N.M., to Amarillo.
The National Weather Service in Lubbock estimates winds gusted up to 100 mph during the derailment. Forecaster John Lipe (lype) says sometimes the outflow from thunderstorms can produce such winds. EF1 tornadoes carry winds from 86 mph to 110 mph.
Fort Worth-based BNSF reopened the line around midnight Monday.
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