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Six die in horrid Sask. highway crash

Car, semi collide near Alberta border

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LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. -- Six people died in a collision involving a semi and another vehicle, RCMP said Saturday.

Police were called early Saturday to the scene of what they thought was a semi rollover about six kilometres southeast of the city straddles the Saskatchewan-Alberta border.

When officers arrived, they determined a car had also been involved in the crash, said Cpl. Rob King.

"Once they arrived on scene, they determined that it wasn't a simple rollover of a semi truck as was first initially reported, but it had been a collision between a semi-tanker truck that was hauling crude oil and a four-door small passenger car," he said.

"The semi had flipped over onto its top, onto its roof, into a slough, and the four-door passenger car was completely submerged."

RCMP say the victims were all from the car -- three males and three females ranging in age from 13 to 17.

RCMP say the collision happened at an intersection while the car had been heading east along a rural township road.

Five of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. One was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.

"Somehow he had been able to free himself from the vehicle when our members got there," King said.

Police have not released the names of any of the victims, but King said they were from the "rural area."

The driver of the semi was taken to hospital with undetermined injuries.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 28, 2013 A4

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