A night of fun for a group of indigenous youth ended in tragedy when two young girls were among three people killed in a head-on collision in southern Ontario, the chief of the devastated community said Thursday.
Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation said the two girls, aged 12 and 14, died while travelling home with their youth group from a game of laser tag in nearby Hamilton.
The outing was one of many efforts to arrange engaging activities for the young people of the southern Ontario reserve, he said.
The fatal accident, which also claimed the life of a man from a neighbouring First Nation, has left a community struggling to come to terms with the loss, he said.
“We’ve suffered a tragic event,” Laforme told a press conference. “We’re so closely knit that all our members are suffering.”
Ontario Provincial Police said the fatal crash unfolded on Wednesday around 9 p.m. — on Highway 6 between the communities of Hagersville and Caledonia — when two vans carrying 15 members of the youth group were returning to the First Nation.
Const. Rodney Leclair said one of the vans, carrying seven youth and driven by a 27-year-old man, was travelling southbound when a car going the opposite way crossed the centre line and plowed into the van head-on.
Leclair said the force of the crash sent the van rolling into the ditch.
The two young girls in the van…
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