Four Teen-Agers Killed When Car, Truck Collide
MADISON, Maine (AP) _ A state-owned dump truck slammed into a car Wednesday, killing four high school students on their way to school and seriously injuring a fifth.
The victims were ″all excellent students and real good athletes,″ said police Chief Harley Dunlap. ″It’s a real tragedy to this community.″
There was no indication either vehicle was speeding, he said. Dunlap didn’t anticipate any charges being filed against the uninjured driver of the state Department of Transportation truck.
There is a stop sign at the intersection where the collision occurred, but investigators couldn’t immediately determine if the car had stopped, Dunlap said. There is no obstruction to visibility at the intersection, he said.
Three of the victims, including the driver of the car, were 17 and one was 15. The injured student is 14.
A number of the victims’ fellow students at Madison Area High School sought help from counselors who were brought in, Principal Joseph Testa said.