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Four Track Athletes Killed in Crash

February 11, 2000

KARNACK, Texas (AP) _ Four Prairie View A&M track athletes were killed Thursday night when their van rolled over on Texas Highway 43 near the Texas-Louisiana border, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

Three students were dead at the scene of the accident and another died while being transported to Louisiana State University Hospital at Shreveport, La. Six people were injured.

The vehicle was en route to Pine Bluff, Ark., when the wreck occurred.

The names of the dead were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Four survivors were rushed to Marshall Regional Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Paula Jaco said. Lamar Adams and David Attebery were listed in stable condition and were being monitored in the intensive care unit.

Hoover Wright was in serious condition in the ICU and Trenton Harris was in stable to serious condition, Jaco said.

Louis Edmond, who was in serious condition, was transferred to Good Shepard Medical Center in Longview, Jaco said.

The condition of a second student taken to LSU Hospital wasn’t immediately available.

Prairie View officials were meeting late Thursday and had no comment on the accident.

This was the fifth van accident involving a college team in the last two months.

On Jan. 30, two members of the Wisconsin-Oshkosh swimming team were injured when the van they were riding in overturned on icy Interstate 65.

On Jan. 22, five women from DePaul’s track team were injured, one critically, when a school van rolled over on Interstate 65 after hitting a patch of ice.

Nine days earlier, Molly Hatcher, co-captain of the Kenyon College women’s swim team, was killed when the school van slid on an icy road into a highway guardrail and rolled several times. Hatcher, a 21-year-old senior, was thrown from the van and died in the crash on U.S. 36 about 65 miles east of Columbus, Ohio. Ten other swimmers were injured.

On Dec. 29, a van carrying the men’s basketball team from Urbana University slid on ice and crashed into a tree, injuring five people.

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