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Girls returning from laser tag killed in Caledonia crash

The Canadian Press and News staff | posted Thursday, Mar 30th, 2017

The chief of a southern Ontario indigenous community says two girls killed in a head-on crash in Caledonia were returning from a youth group outing at the time of the accident.

Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First nation said the girls, aged 12 and 14, died while coming home from playing laser tag in Hamilton.

Ontario provincial police said the driver of a car was heading north on Highway 6 when he collided head-on with a southbound van shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

The girls were among seven youth of various ages in the van.

The 21-year-old driver of the car also died in the crash, while the other passengers of the van were sent to hospital with serious, possibly life-altering injuries.

Laforme says another vehicle carrying roughly eight other students was travelling alongside the van at the same time, but was not involved in the crash.

Laforme says the tragedy has hit the tight-knit community hard.

Police investigate a fatal crash in Caledonia on March 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of Andrew Collins.


Kara, a resident who lives nearby was in her home at the time. She said the impact of the crash sounded like a bomb went off.

“You could hear … the children screaming. It was really awful,” she said. Kara, along with a tow truck driver, were the first to run over and help the people in the vehicles.

Police said no names would be released until relatives were notified. They are still investigating the cause of the crash.

All of the victims are from First Nations communities in the region.

Classes at Lloyd S. King Elementary in Hagersville have been cancelled on Thursday. Victims’ services will be at the MNCFN Community Centre.


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