— You know the drill: You walk down the highway in a Jeep Cherokee, and you don’t really see the road at all.
You’re just looking at it.
But it’s not the same as being on a paved road.
That’s what happened to the two Virginia students who were killed on Monday when a semi hit them, killing the driver and two other passengers.
The driver was found at a local hospital with serious injuries.
One of the two students was a student at Hampton University, and the other was a college student from North Carolina, police said.
It’s not clear what led up to the crash, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. at an intersection in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Forest.
The crash is under investigation by the FBI, which said it was working to find out what led to the collision.
The vehicle was driven by an 18-year-old man, and police said the driver is in his 20s.
Hampton University President Scott Bixby said Monday morning that the students’ death is a “terrible tragedy.”
“The university is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a member of our Hampton community and is offering our deepest condolences to the families of all those involved,” he said in a statement.
According to Hampton University police, the driver of the semi was identified as 19-year old Tyler Thomas.
Police say he was driving a red Chrysler 300 with a Virginia license plate number “RX” and was traveling south on Interstate 86.
Investigators say the vehicle was traveling on a highway, which is defined as a highway “not a road.”
A statement from the Virginia State Police said Thomas was pulled over at a traffic light near the intersection with Interstate 85 in Shenandoagh National Forest, where he was stopped.
The semi was traveling in the southbound lane and the driver was pulled off the road.
Police said they are still searching for the driver, who was not immediately identified.
There is no word on a condition for the other driver.
A Virginia State Highway Patrol officer was also driving at the time of the crash.
Police said the officer told them he was traveling northbound on the shoulder when he lost control of the vehicle.
An FBI spokesman said the agency is assisting in the investigation.
“The FBI is committed to working with the local and state authorities in the search for the deceased driver,” he told ABC News.
Virginia State Police say they have received no reports of injuries to the students.