Grief counselling underway at Payepot School where theatre group was headed

People at Payepot School north of Regina were grieving today following a crash Tuesday that killed five people.

5 killed in crash north of Regina, 4 had been headed to school

Virginia Buckles, Educational assistant at Payepot First Nation School. remembers her friend Michele Sereda. 0:30
Educational assistant Virginia Buckles says she remembers well Michele Sereda's infectious laugh. Staff were speaking with grief counsellors on Wednesday after Sereda and three others died in a crash while en route to Payepot School. (Aldo Columpsi/CBC)
People at Payepot School north of Regina were grieving today following a crash Tuesday that killed five people.

Three vehicles crashed around 10 a.m. CST, about 15 kilometres north of Regina.

Four of the five people who died were heading to the school, which is on Piapot First Nation, to give a presentation and conduct a yoga workshop.

They included Michele Sereda, who ran a theatre company in Regina and had been teaching drama at the school for five years.

Virginia Buckles, an educational assistant at the school, had warm memories of Sereda.

"She had an infectious laugh that, like even when I think of her today, I could hear her laughter ringing down the hallways," she said.

Travelling with Sereda and also killed at the scene were Lacy Morin-Desjarlais, 29, of Regina, Michael Green, 58, of Calgary, and Narcisse Blood, 60, of Cardston, Alta., all well-known members of the Regina and Calgary arts communities.

The fifth victim, Morley Hartenberger, 59, from Cupar, Sask., had been in another vehicle. 

Grief counsellors are at the school today to help people deal with the tragedy.

School is in session, but classes were cancelled Wednesday in the wake of the tragedy and students stayed at home.

Piapot First Nation is about 45 kilometres northeast of Regina.

Classes were cancelled Wednesday at Payepot School northeast of Regina. Four of the five people killed in a highway crash Tuesday had been heading to the school for a presentation. (Aldo Columpsi/CBC)


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