May 29, 2018 3:30 pm
Updated: May 30, 2018 11:47 am

Student among 2 people killed in Highway 16 crash east of Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: A student was one of two people killed in a crash on Highway 16 east of Edmonton Tuesday. Three other people were injured. GRAPHIC WARNING

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One of two people killed in a collision east of Edmonton on Tuesday was a 17-year-old student who attended Ardrossan Junior Senior High School.

The boy, Tristan Tice-Kidston, was identified by family on social media and in a letter sent to school parents.

Elk Island Public Schools Regional Division No. 14 said a student passed away as a result of his injuries, while three other students were taken to hospital with “severe injuries.”

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“We hold the families impacted by this incident in our thoughts and hearts,” MJ Nam, AJS’ principal, wrote in the email.

The crash happened at around 11:45 a.m., on Highway 16 near Range Road 224, in Strathcona County.

Police said a vehicle was heading west on Highway 16 when it collided with an SUV heading north on Range Road 224.

The male driving the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The male driving the other vehicle was taken to hospital where he later died, according to police.

The RCMP did not release the age of either victim.

Watch below: Two people were killed in a highway crash near Ardrossan Tuesday, including a student who attended a nearby school. Three other people were injured. Kim Smith has the details.

Highway 16 at Range Road 224 was shut down to traffic for much of the day Tuesday.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Tara-Lee Pacurari said the crash serves as a reminder for teens about how dangerous driving in a vehicle can be. The mother spoke to Global News near the scene of the crash.

“My daughter’s upset,” Pacurari said. “My daughter’s in Grade 9 and so she’s closer to their age and she knew them.”

Pacurari said she has two sons who also go to the same school.

“Give everybody a hug,” she said. “It’s hard but I think it will bring everybody together.”

“In light of this tragic event, we are cancelling the band concerts that had been scheduled for tonight and Wednesday,” Nam said, adding councillors were at AJS on Tuesday and would be there in the coming days as needed by staff and students.

“Many students are aware of what happened and every effort will be made to handle this situation with compassion and understanding.”

A fatal crash east of Edmonton on Highway 16 on May 29, 2018.

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