2 teens dead, 4 people injured in central Alberta car crash

Two teenagers were killed and three more were injured in a car crash Thursday night near Sylvan Lake, west of Red Deer; Alberta RCMP said Friday.
Two teens died and three more were injured when this Grand Am collided with an SUV Thursday night near Sylvan Lake, Alta. ((RCMP))
Two teenagers were killed and three more were injured in a car crash Thursday night near Sylvan Lake, west of Red Deer; Alberta RCMP said Friday.

A woman, 64, in another car was also hurt in the collision, which occurred at about 9:20 p.m. at the intersection of Range Road 12 and Highway 11, just southeast of Sylvan Lake.

The crash involved a white 1999 Pontiac Grand Am carrying the teenagers travelling south on the Range Road and a Honda CRV that was heading west on Highway 11. Police said one of the vehicles may have missed a stop sign.

Three females, ages 14, 17 and 18, and two males, both 16, were in the Grand Am. A male and female were thrown from the car on impact. Emergency officials used the jaws of life to get at the other people trapped in the vehicle.

One male youth was pronounced dead at Red Deer Regional Hospital, while another was pronounced dead at Foothills Hospital in Calgary. The other Grand Am occupants were injured.

All the teens are from Sylvan Lake, RCMP said. Their names have not been released.

The woman driving the Honda CRV was taken to the Red Deer hospital. Police said she had the right of way on the road and appeared to have tried to swerve to avoid getting hit. She was released from hospital Friday morning.

RCMP said alcohol doesn't appear to have been a factor in the collision, and no charges have been laid at this time.

The 14-year-old female is in stable condition at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. 

Trina VanderGaag,foreground, and Bailey Dirkson hug each other at a makeshift memorial set up Friday at the scene of a crash that claimed the lives of two teens of Sylvan Lake, Alta., on Thursday night. ((James Hees/CBC))
Another female youth was transferred from the Red Deer hospital to Foothills Hospital in Calgary. The third teenager was released Friday.

Sgt. Duncan Babchuk with the Sylvan Lake RCMP said intoxication of any kind doesn't appear to have been a factor in the crash.

"No indication of alcohol or drugs involved," he said. "I believe that, and again this is still to be determined by an investigator, but the driver of [the] SUV was driving at a regular highway speed and like I said … the speed of the Grand Am that entered the highway is unknown."

Babchuk said the road was dry, and weather conditions were clear at the time of the crash.

Police were able to interview a number of people who saw the crash.

RCMP closed the eastbound lanes and one westbound lane of Highway 11 for about three hours Thursday night.

Friends set up memorial at crash site

People who knew the teens who died set up a makeshift memorial at the crash site Friday. Two crosses were put in the ground, and people have been laying flowers.

"I laid down a red rose because I think red symbolizes love,"  said Trina VanderGaag, who knew the boys who died.

"And I loved both those kids with all my heart just 'cause  they never did anything wrong to anybody and they deserve to be remembered,"  she said.

Social workers and counsellors will be at H.J. Cody School in Sylvan Lake on Monday to offer support to students.

There were no classes scheduled at the school Friday so Monday will be the first day students will be at the school since the crash.