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    Canadian Road Crash Kills 7 Members Of High School Basketball Team, 1 Adult
    Benjie Telleron - AHN News Writer

    New Brunswick, Canada (AHN) - A van carrying a Canadian high school boy's basketball team collided with a truck shortly after midnight Saturday killing seven teenage boys and the wife of their coach, it was reported.

    Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Derek Strong said the basketball team was just returning from a game, crossed a median on a slippery highway and hit a truck. Killed were seven basketball players who were aged from 15 and 18 and the wife of their coach.

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in his letter of condolence to the school's principal, ''The sudden loss of eight people in this unthinkable accident shocked the nation and all Canadians join you in mourning their passing,."

    The team was supposed to meet the player's parents at a fast-food restaurant in Bathurst, Canada after travelling for three hours from Moncton, when the coach lost control of the vehicle. The coach, his daughter and two team members survived the accident.

    Strong said the strong impact of the collision sliced open one side of the van, throwing benches and passengers from the vehicle. The vehicles were still lying on the snow when rescuers arrived.

    Bathhurst High School superintendant John McLaughin called the city ''a whole community in mourning.''
    ''It's unthinkable what happened and everyone's trying to make some sense of it,'' he said.


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