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Van accident kills coach and cheerleader; 11 others hurt

August 11, 1997

CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ A speeding van carrying college cheerleaders to a training camp overturned after a tire blew out, killing the coach and a cheerleader and injuring 11 others.

Male and female cheerleaders from the State University of West Georgia were traveling early Sunday to a cheerleading camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to prepare for the Aug. 28 season opener.

The van turned over while going more than 90 mph on Interstate 20, said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. David Cody.

The coach and driver, Stephanie Suzanne Shaw, 27, and Deandre Hamilton, 20, were killed in the crash. The others were injured when they were ejected from the van, said trooper Charles Ardister.

``She ran off the road ... and when she got back onto the interstate, she couldn’t hold it and the van flipped over,″ Ardister said. ``No one had seat belts on.″

Three of the injured were listed in critical condition today at Medical College of Georgia hospital in Augusta, three were in fair condition and one was in good condition, said spokeswoman Carole Smith. At other hospitals, one was stable, one was in fair condition and the conditions of the remaining two were not available.

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