UNION COUNTY, N.C. – A major highway in Union County was shut down after three people were killed in a crash Thursday night.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, emergency crews responded to a crash around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 601 and Sikes Mill Road. NC Highway Patrol was also called to the scene to assist Union County deputies.

Witnessed told troopers a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta was speeding, crossed the center line, went off the road, hit a ditch and a pole.

All three of the victims have been identified: the driver, 24-year-old Gabriel Martinez Castro of Monroe and front seat passenger 23-year-old Diana Laura Romero Flores of Monroe. The third victim was identified as 16-year-old Rosa Isela Flores of Monroe. She was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

Troopers said Castro was not wearing a seatbelt and was driving with a suspended license. Flores was wearing a seatbelt, according to the highway patrol.