The three people killed Thursday evening in a crash on Interstate 64 in Summers County have been identified as three Virginia college students on their way home from a concert.

State Police identified the victims as Cayce Castelow, 19, and Benjamin Hutson, 18, both of Norfolk, Va., and Joseph Amoury, 18, of Springfield, Va. They were students at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, State Police Cpl. G.J. Reed said.

The accident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday. Reed said Ruben Fuenpes, 49, of Powhatan, Va., was driving west in a Freightliner tractor-trailer when his truck began to slide on the wet roadway near the Sandstone/Hinton exit. The truck jackknifed and slid through the median and into the eastbound lanes, where it hit a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Castelow.

The Volkswagen went underneath the tractor-trailer, killing Castelow and the other two students, Reed said.

Seconds later, an eastbound Subaru Forester driven by Andrei Kharisov, 45, of Hinton, struck the tractor-trailer’s frame.

Kharisov and his 10-year-old son were taken to Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, where they were treated and released, Reed said. Fuenpes was also treated and released at Raleigh General.

Castelow, Hutson and Amoury had gone to an out-of-state concert and were on their way to spend the night in Richmond before going home to the Norfolk area, Reed said.

Reed said the accident remained under investigation and that a reconstruction team was at the scene Thursday night. Blood samples were taken from Fuenpes, but Reed noted that was standard procedure for anyone with a commercial driver’s license.

“In this particular accident, it happened instantly,” Reed said. “The drivers of the cars couldn’t avoid it. Witnesses said the tractor-trailer (operator) was not driving recklessly or speeding.”

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