A school co-principal says the five teenagers killed in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver in Williston, Vermont, were all high school juniors.

Bourgoin headed south toward Richmond, where he encountered a Richmond police officer and turned around on the interstate.

The students include Eli Brookens (Waterbury), Janie Cozzi (Fayston), Liam Hale (Fayston), Mary Harris (Moretown), Cyrus Zschau (Moretown).

Harwood Union High School has opened its doors this afternoon until 4 o'clock, with its crisis team available for students, staff members, families and district residents. Several were killed and others injured in the crashes and at least one auto burst into flames.

Five people were pronounced dead at the scenes of the crashes, but police can not say how many people were injured.

Police identified the cruiser thief as Steven D. Bourgoin, 36, of Williston. When Richmond police attempted to intercept him, the suspect made a U-turn and again headed north in southbound lanes.

Sunday morning, a wrecker hauled the mangled and charred cruiser off the interstate.

Bourgoin was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center, where spokesman Mike Noble said he was listed in critical condition.

Burgoin, in the stolen cruiser, drove back towards the scene and then collided with the original vehicle at a high speed rate.

Others were injured in the second crash, police said.

"There are no words that can truly describe the horrific events as they occurred last night", senior firefighter Prescott Nadeau of the Williston Fire Department said in a statement Sunday afternoon. "Please keep all those involved in your thoughts and prayers".

Henry said he expects the roadway to remain shut for up to six hours while reconstruction workers investigate the crash.

This crash is still under investigation and Vermont State Police asked anyone with information to call the barracks in Williston at 802-878-7111.