Two sets of brothers killed in crash

AJAY BHARDWAJ, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

The tiny community of Hines Creek has been sent into a state of shock after two sets of brothers - including twins - died in a fiery wreck near Fairview.

Twins Justin and Jordan King, 17, died when the Dodge pickup they were riding in collided with a semi truck and burst into flames at a rural intersection five kilometres north of Fairview Wednesday night.

"It's going to be very difficult for the family," said Hines Creek Mayor Robert Seidler. "The (Kings') grandparents have lived in the community all their lives. Their mother was born here.

"It's not going to be easy."

The King family declined comment yesterday, saying, "it's not a good time."

Another set of brothers, identified by their first names Oden and Morgan, also died in the crash.

RCMP Cpl. Wayne Oakes said an eyewitness told police the pickup, headed west on Township Road 824, didn't slow as it approached the intersection and crashed into the truck, which was headed south on highway 732.

The pickup burst into flames and three occupants died at the scene, Mounties said.

A fourth person from the pickup was taken to Fairview hospital, where he died of his injuries.

"Everybody around here is in shock," said Amanda Bamson. "We're a small family."

The driver of the Mack truck suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from hospital.

Mounties are now trying to piece together what happened.

Seidler said the tragedy would be heart-wrenching for the tiny community of 500, which is 575 km northwest of Edmonton.

Peace River School Division deputy superintendent Dale Bischoff said officials were trying to determine who was killed and planned to send counsellors to wherever they were needed.

"We have our ears to the ground to have a co-ordinated counselling response," he said.

If more counselling is required, Bischoff said the school division would turn to pastors and priests in the community.


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