Three people were killed late Friday morning in a crash south of Peru.

At approximately 11:55 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriffs Department, and the Peru Police Department responded to a two vehicle crash on State Road 19 just to the south of County Road 500 South, the State Police said in a news release.

The preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police Senior Troopers A.J. Coffee and Jeremy Perez revealed that Douglas Clinkenbeard, 53, of Elwood was driving a 2003 Ford Explorer northbound on S.R. 19. For an undetermined reason, the Ford traveled off the east side of the road, Clinkenbeard overcorrected, causing the Ford to travel across the center line into the southbound lane. The Ford struck a southbound 2004 Jeep Cherokee driven by Nicholas Miller, 31, of Peru. Clinkenbeard, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Ford.

Clinkenbeard and Miller were pronounced deceased at the crash scene. Paige Williamson, 18 of Peru, a passenger in the Jeep, also died at the crash scene. Miller and Williamson were wearing seat belts, but the crash impact was too severe for the restraints to prevent their deaths,

Police said they are continuing to investigate but said they believe that excessive speed by the Ford was a contributing factor in the crash.

Senior Troopers Coffee and Perez were assisted at the crash scene by State Police Sergeant Rick Brown, the Miami County Sheriffs Department, the Peru Police Department, Miami County Coroner John Boyer, Miami County EMA, Lutheran EMS, the Miami County Prosecutors Office, and the Amboy Fire Department.