US high school sweethearts killed in car crash minutes after their wedding

The newlyweds were killed less than five minutes after their marriage was made official.
The newlyweds were killed less than five minutes after their marriage was made official. Photo credit: CBS.

A newlywed couple were killed in a car crash after leaving the courthouse on Friday.

Texan high school sweethearts Harley Morgan and Rhiannon Boudreaux, aged 19 and 20 respectively, collided with a pickup truck just minutes after exchanging their vows. They died at the scene.

The couple were merging onto a highway in Orange, Texas, when their vehicle collided with a truck towing a tractor-carrying trailer, the Orange Police Department told media.

Morgan was reportedly exiting the private drive of Justice of the Peace Joy Dubose-Simonton in a 2004 Chevrolet when the crash occurred.

The groom's mother and sister witnessed the crash from behind the couple's car.

"Those two babies... the only thing that they wanted was to get married and start their life. The two of them had so many dreams," Morgan's mother, Kennia Morgan, told CBS News affiliate KFDM.

Police told the news outlet that the man driving the 2015 Ford F-250 pickup truck was unharmed in the collision.

The couple had reportedly planned a large December wedding for friends and family, but wanted to make their union official before the larger ceremony.

They had just filed their marriage license at the county courthouse and had changed Boudreaux's legal name. Only a handful of loved ones attended their wedding, reports Beaumont Enterprise.

Kennia Morgan attempted to save her son and his bride by pulling them from the vehicle.

"I watched my baby die... I'm still wearing my son's blood because I was trying my best to rip him and her out of the car," she told KFDM.

"I witnessed my own worst nightmare. That's an image that will haunt me for the rest of my life... it will never go away.

"I will see that truck kill my baby every night of my life, the rest of the time that I'm on earth."

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