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Two recent Bradenton high school grads die in traffic crash in Peru

Zachary Morris, left, and Albert Ales, right, died in a motorbike crash while on a trip in Peru. [Southeast High School Twitter Account]

Two recent graduates of Southeast High School in Bradenton died in a motorbike crash on Friday while exploring Peru, according to a statement from the school.

Peruvian news outlets report that Albert Ales and Zachary Morris, both 18, were traveling by motorbike to visit Saqsaywaman archeological park in Cusco, located in the country's southeast interior, when they collided with a public transportation bus. The impact threw them off their bike and into the roadway.

The two teens were taken to the nearest hospital, Peruvian reports say, but died within a few hours.

The high school said in its release that both students were a part of the school's International Baccalaureate program.

Morris planned to attend Yale University and Ales was set to enroll at the University of Central Florida.

"We are saddened to say that our Seminole Family lost 2 bright, young men yesterday," the school said in its statement. "Recent IB graduates Zachary Morris and Albert Ales passed away yesterday in a tragic accident while exploring Peru. We hold their family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this incredibly tough time. Class of 2019 and the Seminole family will forever keep you in our hearts."

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