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LAKEWOOD RANCH (AP) — Two Florida teens have died after a crash that authorities say split the car in half.

Florida Highway Patrol officials say Brendan Shreve, 17, and Jared Duran, 15, were riding in a Mercedes early Saturday when Shreve failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree in the median.

Authorities say the impact separated the rear of the car from the front.

Half the car traveled into the northbound lanes and the other half traveled in the southbound lanes.

Authorities are investigating the cause but say speed may have played a role.

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