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Sport Holy Cross rower killed when team van collides with truck in Florida

19:35  15 january  2020
19:35  15 january  2020 Source:   wcvb.com

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A member of the Holy Cross women's crew team was killed Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash in Florida.

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One of the two team vans collided with a pickup truck near the Barber Bridge in Vero Beach. One person was pronounced dead and 12 others were injured, officials said.

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“Unfortunately, there is one confirmed fatality, and it was a member of the team,” Vero Beach Police Chief David Curry said. "The female was in the front passenger side of the first van that was being driven by one of the coaches."

The student's family has been notified. Some of the other victims suffered serious injuries and are undergoing surgery, officials said.

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"This morning, members of the Holy Cross women's rowing team were involved in a serious crash while traveling in Florida. The college is in contact with authorities in Florida and is in the process of gathering more information," the school said in a statement. "Holy Cross has been in touch with the families of those students and coaches and are offering support for all those involved."

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Brian Colgon, the director of the Vero Beach Rowing Club, said the van was headed to the club to train for the day.

The victims have not been identified.

Holy Cross, in Worcester, is a liberal arts college that has a full-time enrollment of about 3,150 students.

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Police: Holy Cross crew coach at fault in crash that killed 20-year-old team member .
In a preliminary crash report, police said the Holy Cross crew coach who was driving was at fault in crash that killed a 20-year-old team member.The Vero Beach Police Department said Holy Cross women's crew coach Patrick Diggins, 55, of Holden, Massachusetts, was driving the van when it collided with a truck on Jan. 15. Grace Rett, 20, was killed in the crash. The team was in Vero Beach for training.

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