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Amber Alert

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Seven Canadian high school basketball players and one adult killed in highway crash

Seven members of a Canadian high school boys' basketball team and one adult woman were killed early Saturday morning when their van collided with a pick-up truck. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Derek Strong said the players between the ages of 15 and 18 were pronounced dead at the crash site after their van crossed the centre line and hit the truck shortly after 12 a.m.
«Most of the victims were ejected from the van when it struck the tractor-trailer. Of course that reduces the chances of survivability in any crash,» he said.
Strong said the accident occurred on Highway 11 as the team was returning from Moncton, New Brunswick with road conditions said to be slippery at the time.
Names of the victims have not been released.
Four others aboard the bus are expected to survive their injuries, which included a broken arm for one person. The driver a male teacher suffered unspecified injuries. The truck driver was not hurt.
A schoolmate of the team members who did not want to be identified said five of the students were in Grade 12, while two were in Grade 10.Source